Ca’ d’Oro

Ca’ d’Oro

Architects Bartomoleo and Giovanni Bon

Date 1421-40

Movement Italian Renaissance

Located at Venice, Italy

 

The city of Venice was well-protected by its stable, aristocratic government; therefore, its rulers did not need fortifications for their palaces. This particular house was built for a prominent merchant, Marino Contarini. The main floor allows for a shipping center, while the second floor contained a reception hall and the third provided living quarters. The façade, here, is crafted elegantly, with columns and arches forming quatrefoils and creating an overall latticework; the elegant exterior would have looked all the more exquisite before it was stripped of its gold-leaf trim.