Life, Love and Art in Venice – with Judith Mackrell and Rosie Goldsmith

Tuesday 23rd October 2018
18:30 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family but, as their fortunes waned, so the project was abandoned with only one storey complete.

Yet in the early 20th century the Unfinished Palazzo's quality of fairytale abandonment, and its potential for transformation, were to attract and inspire three fascinating women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim.

Each chose the Palazzo as a stage on which to build her own world of art and imagination.

Luisa turned her home into an aesthete's fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas. Doris strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties. And, post-war, Peggy turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art.

In conversation with Rosie Goldsmith – award-winning journalist and Director of the European Literature Network – this evening, Judith will bring these extraordinary women and the glamour of Venice to life here in Bloomsbury!

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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