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Porcelain is perhaps the material that best embodies the spirit of the Rococo style. Its use during the 18th century is so inherent in this style that it could be said that one justifies the other. Close-grained, translucent and lightweight, porcelain lends itself naturally to the creation of those objects with elaborate, dynamic forms impossible to achieve with the materials known hitherto. For a long time a well-guarded secret of Chinese manufacturers, it was recreated in Europe in the second decade of the eighteenth century at the court of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and king of Poland, and from there it gradually spread throughout Europe, in spite of the enormous efforts to protect the formula of this highly coveted material.
Ca’ Rezzonico houses an important selection of porcelains providing an overview of almost all major European manufacturers, from the famous Meissen factory to Sèvres and Vienna. The core of the collection is most obviously represented by the local production: Vezzi and Cozzi in Venice, Antonibon in Bassano. After a long time much of this collection is now visible in the Spinet Room, at the second floor of the Museum.
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Venue: Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of the 18th Century Venice, Dorsoduro 3136 – 30123 Venice
Date: from December 15th 2011 to December 31st 2012
Opening hours: from April 1st to October 31st, 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office 10 am – 5 pm); from November 1st to March 31st 10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4 pm). Closed on Tuesday, December 25th and January 1st.
Exhibition included in the museum’s general admission.
Full price: 8,00 euro
Reduced: 5,50 euro
Children aged from 6 to 14; students* aged from 15 to 25; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children or students (min. 10); citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the “Rolling Venice Card”; F.A.I. members*
Free entrance: Venetian citizens and residents and I.C.O.M. members (except the Venezia e L’Egitto exhibition); children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with escort; authorized guides*; interpreters accompanying groups; 1 free tickets every 15 tickets with prior bookings.
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