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Casino (Palazetto) Bru Zane

One of Venice's oldest and newest concert venues

Casino Zane (with the pink facade)

In 1695-97, the Zane famiy decided to erect a little casino at the end of the formal gardens of the Palazzo Zane (now the Scuola Livio Sanudo) to house their library and host concerts and other entertainments.

The building was designed by the head of the Longhena workshop, Antonio Gaspari; after he died, work was continued by his assistant, Domenico Rossi.

As money was no object, Rossi employed some of the most talented decorators of the day to adorn the interior: Abbondio Stazio made the elaborate stucco work; the workshop of Andrea Brustolon carved the woodwork; Sebastiano Ricci painted the frescoes, notably the Hercules with Fame and Virtue on the ceiling of the music salon, reached by way of a grand stair.

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Music and Musicians


San Polo/Santa Croce

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, Creative Commons