The Unfinished Palazzo
About the event
Judith Mackrell brings to life the history of Venice’s mysterious and idiosyncratic Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, through the lives of three of its most eccentric, passionate, and rule-breaking residents—Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim. These three women inhabited the Palazzo at different periods, from a different country, but they had a surprising amount in common, above and beyond their ownership of the same extraordinary building. All of them had scandalous lives, a passionate interest in art, a fascination with sex, and a deep love of Venice. And, all surrounded themselves with an amazing supporting cast at so many glamorous parties, from D’Annunzio and Nijinsky, via Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton, to Yoko Ono amongst the Picassos.