Venetian Villas between dances and work meetings
Representative rooms of Ca’ Marcello
An important task of the Venetian Villas was to represent their owner, his power and influence in his contemporary society.
With this purpose, most of them was enlarged and richly decorated in the eighteenth century, often yielding an elegant and imposing aspect.
At Ca’ Marcello, the great frescoed ballroom and other rooms dedicated to work meetings and private guests of the villa talk about this magnificence and refined lifestyle of the owners who came here to enjoy their holidays.
A life where the work was raging, but also the pleasure of fun and beauty.
The ballroom on the main floor is particularly rich and bright: the frescoed walls are adorned with plaster works and wall lights that are reflected on the large Venetian terrazzo floor.
The walls are dominated by a balcony, limited by a lacquered wood balustrade that frames the ceiling, entirely painted by Giambattista Crosato and representing the Olympus and its marvellous gods.
The main hall on the ground floor is characterized by the Venetian terrazzo floor, “marmorino” walls and “Sansovina” ceiling.
In this room you can see some period paintings representing the most important members of the Marcello family, who marked the social, military and political life of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
This charming room was reserved for the moments dedicated to music and the only one of the house with wood floors.
Here you can admire the portrait of the famous composer Benedetto Marcello, exemplary character as much for its social status of noble, to provide service to the state, as for its uninterrupted activity as a poet, writer and musician.
This intimate living room was the only room on the ground floor that was heated on cold days, where the hosts could relax with some interesting reading or entertain in pleasant conversations with guests.
The fireplace is framed by a stucco representing a phoenix, the mythological bird that has the ability to be reborn from its ashes.
The dining room is also known as the Chinoiserie room due to the original Chinese paintings which date back to the end of the XVII century.
In the middle of this room you can also notice the most precious of the Murano hand-made chandeliers of the house. Its structure, entirely in glass of an asymmetric shape, without any metal support, makes this chandelier an extremely rare piece.