Fortuny Museum, Venice
A wonderful example of Gothic architecture, the Mariano Fortuny Museum is located in the Fortuny Palace in Venice. Dedicated to the disciplines of visual communication, it encompasses the cultural legacy of Mariano Fortuny, whose photography, scenography and set construction studio was in this very building.
The first main floor hall exhibits paintings, precious fabrics that line the walls and a series of interesting lamps. On the second floor is the studio, where the works of Mariano Fortuny and other artists are exhibited, and also the library.
The Fortuny collection thus comprises around 150 paintings by Mariano Fortuny, a collection of photographs from 1850 though to World War II, and an ample sample of fabrics that were treated to obtain decorative models and designs.
Mariano Fortuny was almost obsessively dedicated to the in-depth study of light and created extremely original lamps for both ornamental and professional use, each specifically designed to illuminate rooms, architecture or works of art.
The museum’s ground floor is dedicated to temporary exhibits that change throughout the year.