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The hall of mirrors at Palazzo Corner in San Polo (Venice)

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The hall of mirrors at Palazzo Corner in San Polo (Venice)

In San Polo Square, the largest in Venice, located in the homonymous district, there is a magnificent 16th-century building, designed by the celebrated architect Michele Sanmicheli, which is hard to notice, but hides several surprises!

Once the home of the rich and powerful Corner family (four  of which were Doges for the Republic of Venice), today is the headquarters of the Finance Guard, but it has not lost its charm as a treasure chest of history and art.

In 1741 the great painter Giambattista Tiepolo, in collaboration with the quadrature painter Girolamo Mengozzi Colonna, was called to decorate a small room that served as an antechamber to the bedroom of the heir of the immense fortunes of  Giovanni Corner.

Tiepolo painted four wall panels representing episodes of the famous 16th-century poem 'La Gerusalemme Liberata' by Torquato Tasso.

In them Paladin Rinaldo was represented, being awakened from the spell cast on him by the beautiful sorceress Armida to keep him forever in her enchanted palace, along with other characters, which are also bewitched by the sorceress.

On the ceiling Tiepolo created an Allegory of marital bliss, with the two Corners hand in hand, in contrast to the overwhelming and hurtful passions represented in the walls.

Today we can only admire the picture reproductions of this incredible masterpiece because the originals were sold by the last heirs during the 1800s. The four panels of Gerusalemme liberata are now in the National Gallery in London.  And, the painted ceiling is instead at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Venice has many buildings like Palazzo Corner in San Polo, magnificent palaces, once home of the richest families of the Venice Republic and painted by great artists. Some of these buildings are open to the public and can be visited. If you would like to organize a guided tour of Venice that includes the most beautiful buildings of the Venice Republic  then contact us! Our guides will accompany you to the discovery of these extraordinary residences, a valuable witness to the splendour and power of the ancient Republic of Venice!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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