A Matter of Taste (Venezia 74)

Palazzo Barbarigo is another palace of the Grand Canal that was owned by the glass company founded by Salviati (which eventually became Pauly & C) so it should come as no surprise to find more 19th century glass mosaics adorning its exterior.

At the time of their installation, the owners were denigrated by their neighbours for the vulgarity of their taste; those same neighbours forgetting that at one time their own buildings were also quite garish but had since acquired a patina of age and decay.

Perhaps in a century or so, the Ponte della Costituzione will gain acceptance too.



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