Texts by Vittorio Sgarbi, Lionello Puppi
1984 / 136 PAGES
There are very rare cases in which the history of a building identifies itself as completely and absolutely with a person as it does with Ca’ Dario in Venice. Giovanni Dario had it built starting in 1486 and it is the mirror of him.
In the variegated and quite complex scene of 15th-century Venetian civil architecture, Ca' Dario is an apparent eccentricity. Within that restless dimension and - in lexical, grammatical, syntactic order - made up of an obstinate persistence of daring Gothic embellishments, tenacious tendencies toward Tuscan geometry and perspective, wearisome intersections between Byzantine nostalgia and dreams of a classical “restitutio”, the unusual building is atypical, irreducible to the context, though quite spacious. The book reveals how the building, in its fascinating eclecticism, conceals a guiding thread of coherence, while recomposing its events and analysing its history.