Fortuny Palace reopens, discovering our restorations

Palazzo Fortuny, the gothic building that was the home and workshop of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo and his wife, muse and companion Henriette Nigrin, has reopened to the public after the necessary renovations following the Acqua Granda (flood) in November 2019.

The VIF has in the past made a considerable contribution to the restoration projects of the Winter Garden – a room painted by Fortuny between 1915 and 1940, which he enlivened with allegorical figures, satyrs, exotic animals arranged in a Veronese-style loggia full of plant motifs and flower garlands – where the Teatro delle Feste is also on display, itself restored by VIF. The Teatro is a large theatre model made by Fortuny, and, as he himself states in a manuscript in 1912, was conceived in Paris with the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio (who chose its name) and the architect Lucien Hesse. But the VIF has done more here, and we invite you to discover what: the reopening of the museum provides an opportunity to regain visual and emotional contact with Fortuny’s eclecticism and his exceptional lighting inventions.