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The House of Gold
Building a Palace in Medieval Venice

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181341

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  • In 1406 a young Venetian nobleman, Marin Contarini, married into another ancient patrician clan. His wife's family owned an old palace on the Grand Canal. Contarini demolished the old palace and, in 1421, he began to build the Cà d'Oro, his 'House of Gold'. This 1993 book tells the history of the building of the palace over a period of nearly twenty years. After a general introduction to the city of Venice at the beginning of the quattrocento, Dr Goy discusses the background to the building of the palace. There follows a discussion of the building industry in Venice in this flourishing period, and of the functions of the three chief building crafts. In the latter half of the study, the whole building process is recreated in detail; the relationships between Contarini and his craftsmen are analysed, as is the pivotal role of Contarini himself, the architect manqué whose monument this was to become.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181341
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Glossary of terms
    Sources and methodology
    General introduction
    Part I. Venice in the Early Quattrocento:
    1. The economic and political background
    2. The city in 1400
    3. The medieval Venetian palace
    Part II. The Contarini Casada:
    4. The Contarini: a great patrician clan
    5. Marin and his marriage
    6. Antonio Contarini, an ambitious father
    7. Contarini's business activities
    8. A domestic interlude: family and servants 1426–1430
    9. The new palace at Santa Sofia: motives and methods
    10. First impressions: the plan, structure and appearance of the palace
    Part III. Building in Medieval Venice:
    11. The building trade guilds
    12. The men who built the palace: an introduction
    13. Building contracts and procedures
    14. The stonemasons' yards
    15. Technology on site
    16. Daily life on site
    17. The building industry: money, wages and standards of living
    Part IV. Building the Palace: The First Stage:
    18. Building the palace: first records 1421
    19. The appointment of Zane Bon
    two master masons
    20. Carpenters on site 1425–1426
    21. The work of Matteo Raverti and his bottega 1425–1428
    Part V. The Front Façade:
    23. The main façade: its design and appearance
    24. Zane Bon and the main façade: the arcade to the quay
    25. The work of Bon on the façade up to 1429
    26. Matteo Raverti and the façade: the lower loggia
    27. The upper logia
    28. Building the quay and assembling the façade I
    29. Assembling the façade II: a locum master builder and a master blacksmith
    Part VI. Completing the Fabric:
    30. Building the upper walls 1429–1430: maestro Cristofolo
    31. The carpenters: the Rosso bottega 1428–1431
    32. The ancillary trades 1428–1430: terazer, fregador, pentor, intaiador
    33. The final stages of building the palace: the last works of Bon
    34. Antonio di Martini
    Part VII. Finishing touches:
    35. The House of Gold: decorating the façade 1431–1433
    36. The last work of the stone masons: Rosso and Romanello after 1430
    37. the last works of builders, carpenter and glaziers
    38. The completed palace: the image and the cost
    39. Marin Conatarini: the final chapter
    40. Postscript: Contarini's succession
    Part VIII. Conclusion:
    41. Contarini's role
    42. The legacy of the palace: its historical importance
    43. The legacy of the Cà d'Oro in the later work of Bartolomeo Bon
    44. The after-life on the palace
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