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Mariano Fortuny

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo was son to Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, a renowned Catalan painter. As a child, he showed pretty soon great talent and interest for art. His family moved to Paris and then to Venice, where he could broaden his artistic horizons. His work included painting, architecture, photography, sculpting, but he is mostly remembered for his activity as a fashion designer.

Fortuny moved in Venice in 1889: here he bought the Pesaro-Orfei palace, an ancient building which was almost in ruins. He restored the whole structure and made it his residence and studio. Before he died, he left the palace to his wife, Henriette Negrin, who left it in turn to the city of Venice.

Now the palace is called Fortuny palace and it has turned into a prestigious art gallery.


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