Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa

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Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa.

The Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa is a palace in Venice, northern Italy.

Land Facade.[1]


Originally the residence of the Venetian doge Antonio Grimani, it was rebuilt in 1532-1569 by his heirs Vittore, procuratore generale of the city, and Giovanni Grimani, cardinal and Patriarch of Aquileia. The latter allegedly collaborated with Michele Sanmicheli, who had been usually credited as the designer of the whole construction.[2] The palace was completed in 1575 by Giovanni Rusconi. Alessandro Vittoria was responsible for the ornamentation of the doorway.

The palace has a three parts composition with a small backyard. The façade, sporting characteristically massive window arches, is decorated with polychrome marble. The most striking feature of the interior is the Sala di Psiche (c. 1540), with frescoes by Francesco Menzocchi, Camillo Mantovano and Francesco Salviati. Other artists who worked to the palace's decoration include Taddeo Zuccari and Giovanni da Udine. The palace once held the collections amassed by Cardinal Domenico Grimani and Giovanni Grimani and displayed in a high ceiling room: the Tribune. These were donated to the Republic.

In the 1980s, it was donated to the state and in 2015 was functioning as a museum.[3] The palace displays a few Hieronymus Bosch paintings from the Grimani collection: depicting the dream-like Visione dell’Aldilà, l’Ascesa all’Empireo, and la Caduta dei dannati e l’Inferno; and the Triptych of Santa Liberata, and the Triptych of the eremiti (Sant’Antonio, San Girolamo and Sant’Egidio).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Photo by Paolo Monti, 1970 (Fondo Paolo Monti, BEIC).
  2. ^ Beni Culturali, entry on palace
  3. ^ Polo Museale of Venice, beni culturali of Italy.
  4. ^ Sala di Bosch in Palazzo Grimani.

Coordinates: 45°26′13″N 12°20′32″E / 45.436956°N 12.342249°E / 45.436956; 12.342249