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“Wonderful building but no clothes on display”
Review of Palazzo Fortuny

Palazzo Fortuny
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Situated in the Gothic palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei in Campo San Beneto; the building was transformed by Mariano Fortuny into his own photography, set-design, stagecraft, fabric-creation and painting atelier: the building still testify to all of these activities, with various art and tapestries collections. The museum also hosts temporary art exhibitions, all of which closely connected to the spirit of its founder.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Wonderful building but no clothes on display”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This palazzo has been partially restored and is now a gallery of the Fortuny collection and some wonderful modern works.
The Fortuny floors are very interesting and evocative of their time although none of the clothes were on display when we were there and no explanation was given as to why not.
The modern gallery floors are light filled and the works are of a high standard.
It is not as crowded as the Peggy Guggenheim gallery which makes it a more leisurely experience

Visited September 2012
2 Thank JillN775
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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“Loved the building, not so much the art”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

This building is somehow more evocative of the era than other more ornately decorated mansions lining the Grand Canal.

Visited August 2011
3 Thank LWL3333
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Gallowstree Common
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“An eccentric masterpiece”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

The palazzo is interesting, the Fortuny clothes are breathtaking and the art collection fascinating - what a combination!

2 Thank JimandAnnD
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Farmington, Connecticut
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“Disappointing and Expensive”
Reviewed June 22, 2010

Even though we had a guidebook that was lukewarm regarding the Fortuny Museum, I have a particular interest in Fortuny fabrics and wanted to visit anyway, feeling certain that I'd enjoy looking at them. I was wrong. I hoped to glean some knowledge about their history or philosophy or patterns and colors or just come away with the gestalt of a "Fortuny experience." But it wasn't possible to make any sense of their exhibition. It is comprised of a series of vignettes in a very dim floor of the palazzo. (pretty dark, really.) There is no information (in either Italian or any other language), no discernible order and no feeling of discovery, mostly just one of bewilderment. We walked through, (it is a lovely building) and then left, no richer for the exposure but with a lighter wallet. Even if you love Fortuny fabrics, this place is a disappointment. I just looked at their website which is gorgeous and informative!

9 Thank bravo-cinzia
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