Statues of Ca’ Marcello
Static attendance during the day and mysterious figures after sunset, the many statues dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lay in Ca’ Marcello’s centuries-old park. They represent characters from different cultures and traditions.
The statues of Ca’ Marcello represent various ancient myths that remind moral virtues, vices and impossible loves, in a tangle of fascinating stories and immortal characters. The strong Hercules controls the entrance, in the English park you can meet Diana, unquestionable lady of the forest. The Italian style garden hosts four mythological couples, including Apollo and Marsyas together with Zephyr and Flora.
Extravagant figures surprise you through the winding paths of the romantic park. These bizarre presences were wanted by the owner who desired to follow the fashion of the time: a group of dwarves representing an eighteenth-century nobleman with his wife and their entourage, and an orchestra of monkeys ready for the concert.
The allegorical statues in the park show the main feautures of the villa, a place linked to agriculture and summer vacation. At one of the entrances, guests are welcomed by Sculpture and Painting, while in the park the theme of the four seasons returns twice.
The stone heritage of the park is completed by many Venetian “masks” representing guilds’s members of arts and crafts which can be distinguished by the clothing and accessories for each activity.