Palazzo Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The Querini Stampalia Foundation was created in 1869, according to the wishes of the count Giovanni, the last descendant of a Venetian noble family. For the family, the urban palace was a way to show everyone their power. It’s the only current example, together with Palazzo Mocenigo, in which the property, books and archives of the family are collected all intact. The Foundation is open to the public for academic research.

The palace was built in the XVI century and is located between the districts of Rialto and San Marco. The palace is home to the Civic Old City Centre Library and a historical museum preserving typical Venetian furniture of the past. The ground floor and the garden were restored by Carlo Scarpa in the early 60’s.

A series of written resources list the several modifications made to the structure of the palace over the centuries. The first expansion of the palace was in 1513–14 under the commission of Niccolò Querini. Around the first half of the XVII century a palace next to the Stampalia was added. Today it’s property of the Parish Church. Other modifications to the palace were made between 1789 and 1797. A third floor was added and many rooms were used by famous painters such as Jacopo and Vincenzo Guarana.

When the count Giovanni died in 1869, the palace became the seat of the Foundation. The library was set up on the first floor, and on the aristocrats' floor, all of the paintings, sculptures and furniture that once belonged to the family, are preserved.

Address: Castello 5252
Phone: 041 2711411 – Fax: 041 2711445
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm;
Friday and Saturday 10am – 10pm

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