Palazzo Grassi  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Palazzo Grassi (also known as the Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is an imposing white marble palace on the Grand Canal of Venice. Designed by Giorgio Massari, the building was completed between 1748-1772 for the wealthy Bolognese Grassi family. Sold by the Grassi family in 1840, it ownership passed through many different individuals. The Palazzo was purchased by the FIAT group in 1983. Their aim was to transform the building into an exhibition hall for the visual arts, which it has remained to this day. In 1984-1990, Pontus Hultén was in charge of the art museum. It also contains a 600 seat outdoor theatre.

The latecomer among the Canal palaces, it has an academic classicism that is out of touch with the surrounding Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palazzos. It has a formal palace façade, lacking the lower mercantile openings.

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