Fortuny Museum

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Palazzo Fortuny
Established 1956
Location San Marco 3958,
30124 Venice, Italy
Type Art museum, Historic site
Director Daniela Ferretti
Facade of the Palazzo Fortuny.
Painting of Montserrat by Marià Fortuny (1838–1874).

The Palazzo Fortuny (also known as Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei) is an art museum in San Marco, Venice, Italy.


Once owned by the Pesaro family, this Gothic building in Campo San Beneto, near the church of the same name, was transformed by Mariano Fortuny into his own photography, stage-design, textile-design and painting atelier. For a time, the palace was known as the Palazzo Orfei after an 18th-century tenant, a musical society known as the Accademia d'Orfeo.[1] The building maintains the structure created by Fortuny, as well as its collections. The building was donated to the city in 1956 by Henriette Nigrin, Mariano’s widow. The collections within the museum comprise an extensive number of pieces which reflect the various fields investigated by the artist.

The museum is run by the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (MUVE).


Palazzo Fortuny is one of the biggest palaces in Venice. His three vigorous facades are faced on Campo San Beneto, Calle Pesaro, and Rio di Ca' Michiel.


  • Painting: there are around 150 paintings by Mariano Fortuny, which illustrate the various phases of his career as an artist, where the Wagnerian period (until 1899) holds a central place. A balance of painting and theatre mark an intimate understanding of the dream and myth that thrilled Europe at the end of the 19th century. Also interesting are the portraits, in which the family, and particularly his wife, play a fundamental role.
  • Light: the main focus of Fortuny’s work was light design, perfectly identified with the creation of the celebrated theatre dome. This work is found in assiduous chromatic studies, dying of textiles and fabrics and, consequently, in many objects designed for furnishing.
  • Photography: photographs exhibited were taken either from the collection left by Mariano Fortuny or from the Musei Civici di Venezia's collection, comprising works from 1850 to the Second World War, in a rich variety of styles, techniques and historic images.
  • Fabrics: the collection of clothes, fabrics, prints, materials and ornamental clothes make up a rich sample of Fortuny’s work in the field of fabrics and fashion design, in which the artist took ornamental motifs and reinterpreted them in a modern decorative style. Fortuny drew decorative models and designs from precious Renaissance velvets and from fabrics from exotic cultures.

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  1. ^ The old Venetian palaces and old Venetian folk, By Thomas Okey (1907), page 89.

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Coordinates: 45°26′08″N 12°19′56″E / 45.43556°N 12.33222°E / 45.43556; 12.33222