The Renaissance Cà d'oro Well on the Grand Canal in VeniceUnknown places & works
The Renaissance Cà d'oro Well on the Grand Canal in Venice
Cà d'oro, takes its name from the gold ornamentation on the facade (which is no longer visible today), and the palace is the one of the most beautiful along the Grand Canal of Venice.
The palace houses an art gallery, but perhaps the most amazing part is the porch on the ground floor, where you can admire the most beautiful wellhead of the whole city.
The wellhead was built in 1427 by Bartolomeo Bon in red marble from Verona. It has the shape of a truncated capital and has an amazing decoration of acanthus leaves. On three sides there are allegorical female figures seated on leonine thrones representing the three theological virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) and on the four sides are carved male heads.
This Venetian Renaissance masterpiece was sold on the art market during the terrible restorations that the Cà d'oro underwent during the 1800s at the hands of the architect Meduna, who destroyed many original stone elements and dramatically changed the old building.
The Baron Giorgio Franchetti, who bought the Cà d'oro in 1894, began to restore the palace to rectify the disasters of Meduna and embarked on a sort of treasure hunt to find the lost wellhead. After years of research and enormous economic costs, the wellhead of Bartolomeo Bon finally returned home, and today it can still be admired in all its beauty, in the frame of a unique Gothic porch on the Grand Canal.
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