The Unfinished Palazzo

Life, Love and Art in Venice


‘The best gallimaufry of gossip and scandal I have read in years’
Lynn Barber, Sunday Times


ISBN: 9780500294437 Category:

Judith Mackrell


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 (née 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 Noël 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.

Additional information

Weight 404 g
Dimensions 13 x 19.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 July 2018
Number of pages 408
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13 x 19.8 cm
Weight 404 g


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