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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice
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Judith Mackrell
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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice

Judith Mackrell


Thames & Hudson



408 pages

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Abandoned unfinished and left to rot on Venice's Grand Canal, 'il palazzo non finito' was once an unloved guest among the aristocrats of Venetian architecture. Yet in the 20th century it played host to three passionate and unconventional women who would take the city by storm.

The staggeringly wealthy Marchesa Luisa Casati made her new home a belle epoque aesthete's fantasy and herself a living work of art; notorious British socialite Doris Castlerosse (nee Delevingne) welcomed film stars and royalty to glittering parties between the wars; and American heiress Peggy Guggenheim amassed an exquisite collection of modern art, which today draws visitors from around the world.

Each in turn used the Unfinished Palazzo as a stage on which to re-fashion her life, with a dazzling supporting cast ranging from D'Annunzio and Nijinsky, through Noel Coward, Winston Churchill and Cecil Beaton, to Yoko Ono. Individually sensational and collectively remarkable, these stories of modern Venice tell us much about the ways women chose to live in the 20th century.

By:   Judith Mackrell
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780500294437
ISBN 10:   0500294437
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'Fascinating' - Lex News, France 'A dazzling read' - The Lady 'Fascinating' - Choice 'Stylish, sparky and packed with spicy anecdotes' - Miranda Seymour, Literary Review 'I gorged on the decadence and drama' - Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph 'Very clever and entertaining ... Mackrell recounts the lives of three wildly ambitious yet vulnerable women with page-turning pace and intelligence' - Spectator 'Well researched, gloriously gossipy, a delightful, colourful story of reinvention and rebellion' - Observer 'Rip-roaringly entertaining stories of three fascinating women' - The Times

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