Palazzo Labia, Venice

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Palazzo Labia is a baroque palace in Venice, Italy. Built in the 17th–18th century, it is one of the last great palazzi of Venice. Little known outside of Italy, it is most notable for the remarkable frescoed ballroom painted 1746–47 by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, with decorative works in trompe l'oeil by Gerolamo Mengozzi-Colonna.
In a city often likened to a cardboard film set, the Palazzo is unusual by having not only a formal front along the Grand Canal, but also a visible and formal facade at its rear, and decorated side as well, along the Cannaregio Canal. In Venice, such design is very rare. The palazzo was designed by the architect Andrea Cominelli (by Alessandro Tremignon according to others), the principal facade is on the Cannaregio Canal; a lesser three bayed facade faces the Grand Canal. A later facade probably designed by Giorgio Massari is approached from the Campo San Geremia.
The Labia family, who commissioned the palazzo, were originally Catalan and bought their way into nobility in 1646, hence considered arriviste by the old Venetian aristocracy. The wars with the Ottomans had depleted the coffers of the Republic of Venice which then sold inscriptions into nobility, thus giving political clout. It has been said that they compensated their lack of ancestors by a great display of wealth. Today the Palazzo Labia is the sole remaining example of this ostentation.
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  • Great palace attached to the church of St. Jeremiah, made in the seventeenth century for the rich family of Labia. In the party hall there is a large fresco of Tiepolo, too bad it is not open to the public. It is currently the RAI headquarters of Veneto. Three beautiful Baroque-style facades with large masks are visible, two facades damage on the Grand Canal and the Canal Cannaregio while the third on the churchyard of St. Jeremiah's Church.
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  • You go through crowded Venice and closed palace, like so many things in Venice with absurd schedules
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  • I was lucky some time ago to visit the Palais Labia, which I had heard at length and praised the beauties. After booking my visit I discovered a palace with a grandiose history. Really these families of bankers knew how to live with pomp and elegance. Gold and silver crockery were even thrown out of the windows. The highlight of the visit are The stunning frescoes of Tiepolo. The cycle dedicated to Cleopatra and Marc Antoine is stunning. It's huge and grand!
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