Venice Secret - Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo by paolo1955

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Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo

The mainly gothic palazzo Contarini Minelli dal Bovolo is well known for the winding-stairs, the scala del bovolo. It was built from 1499 on by Giovanni Candi. Its name is derived from the venetian word for a snail-shell, bovolo. Even the branch of the Contarini that inhabited the palace was named after that singular architectural solution. According to stylistic relationships with the capitals of S. Salvatore, the recent scholarship assumes that not Candi, but Giorgio Spavento was the author of the stairway.
The building’s history goes back to the 14th century. Pre-gothic round arches can bee seen at the back façade. The palace was at least partially restored in the interior. Through a missing piece of window at the stairway one can see some rooms, where parts of a pre-gothic arch are visible.

For didactic purpose, some remains of frescoes (which surely covered the whole façade at that time) were uncovered on a stairway platform. The half arches of fourth order, which are visible at the stairway corridors, were initially complete. Alterations are quite evident on this part of the palace. The former entrances to the piano nobili are today bricked up. An old photography by Domenico Bresolin from 1855 shows windows inserted into the loggias and the terminating platform – these parts were in all likelihood used as living space.The main façade with five-light loggias of fifth order (according to Ruskin’s categorisation) on thin columns is towards the Rio di San Luca. It can be partially seen from the Ponte della Verona – a view that can be also found on some postcards. A closer look reveals that the water floor has been much altered later; some of the arches in the piani nobili’s wings are bricked up, too. The mansonry by the Calle de la vida front was much altered, too.

The palazzo Contarini del Bovolo has a second, smaller courtyard, which is situated between the main and the back façade. A traditional portego obviously does not exist.
Numerous “vere di pozzo” (well-heads) from the 13th to 15th century are collected at the stairway base and clearly show the development of this essential part of a venetian palace. At least one of them has the Contarini coat of arms.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • Daidalos
    Daidalosover 5 years ago

    Great capture, composition, and infos Paolo! Beautiful gothic building

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here

    – paolo1955

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago


  • I’m happy that you enjoy this photo.

    – paolo1955

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 5 years ago


  • Thank you

    – paolo1955

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Paolo; Beautiful !

  • Thanks for your nice comment in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 5 years ago

    Beautiful architecture and photo Paolo.

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by

    – paolo1955

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000over 5 years ago

    A great composition!!

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here

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  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot.

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh, Paolo .. how gorgeous!!!! How I’d love to return some day!!

  • Thanks ever so much Lois, always great to hear from you

    – paolo1955

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Great capture of this building!

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here

    – paolo1955

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Very interesting shot and commentary. What the local can find which the visitor cannot.

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

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