Fortuny, Venice

Archival lambda color photograph

Signed, titled, dated and from edition of 5 on artist’s label on verso.

Available in 3 sizes: 100 x 120 cm. (39.4 x 47.2 in.), 120 x 150 cm. (47.2 x 59.1 in.), 180 x 225 cm. (70.9 x 88.6 in.)

Massimo Listri’s “Fortuny, Venice” offers a captivating glimpse into the interior of the Museo Fortuny, specifically in The Winter Garden on the first floor. This room is surprising on account of the unexpected painting cycle on the wall: a work that Mariano Fortuny planned and created. For this project, he invented a special framework of paper glued onto hemp cloth, painted and attached to the walls. The composition covers three sides of the room, with a total surface area of around 140 square meters. Begun in 1915, it was completed in the 1940s. Supported by the artifice of the trompe l’œil and by a harmonious application of colors, the creation gives the space a great luminosity. An ideal “enchanted garden” animated by allegorical figures, satyrs, and exotic animals: all set in a “Veronese-style” Corinthian loggia, embellished by luxuriant plant motifs, verdant garlands, and sophisticated drapes.

Originally built in the 15th century, the Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei served as a private residence for the illustrious Pesaro family before undergoing various transformations over the centuries. In the early 20th century, the palace was acquired by the renowned Venetian artist and textile designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo.

Fortuny was celebrated for his innovative textile designs and artistic creations, which combined elements of traditional craftsmanship with modern sensibilities. He transformed the palazzo into his home and workshop, where he experimented with various artistic techniques and produced his iconic textiles, fabrics, and theatrical designs.

Today, the Museo Fortuny pays homage to the legacy of Mariano Fortuny, showcasing a diverse collection of his works, along with pieces from other artists and designers. The museum’s interior reflects Fortuny’s eclectic tastes and artistic vision, featuring a unique blend of decorative elements, textiles, furniture, and artwork.

Listri’s photograph captures the essence of the Museo Fortuny, showcasing its rich artistic heritage and timeless elegance. The carefully curated arrangement of furniture, decorative objects, and botanical elements creates a sense of refinement and sophistication, reminiscent of the atmosphere within the palace during Fortuny’s time.

Through Listri’s lens, viewers are invited to explore the Museo Fortuny and immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity of this historic space. The photograph serves as a window into the world of Mariano Fortuny, celebrating his enduring legacy as a visionary artist and designer whose influence continues to resonate in the realms of art, fashion, and design.