Ca’ d’Oro – Palazzo Santa Sofia, Venice, Italy

Ca’ d’Oro /Palazzo Santa Sofia, is a palace on the Grand Canal in Venice, northern Italy. One of the older palazzi, it has always been known as Ca’ d’Oro (golden house) due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls. The Palazzo was built between 1428 and 1430 for the Contarini family, who provided Venice with eight Doges between 1043 and 1676. Upon election, each new Doge would leave his own palazzo and take residence in the Doge’s Palace. The architects of the Ca d’Oro were Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo Bon. The work of these two sculptors and architects epitomises the Gothic style in Venice: they are best known for their work on the Doge’s Palace and in particular the Porta della Carta with its monumental sculpture of the judgement of Solomon. The principal façade of Ca’ d’Oro facing onto the Grand Canal is built in the Bon’s Venetian floral gothic style. Other nearby buildings in this style are Palazzo Barbaro and the Palazzo Giustinian. This elegant linear style favoured by the Venetian architects was not totally superseded by the flourishes of baroque until the end of the 16th century.

Official Website

www.cadoro.org

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