Museo di Palazzo Fortuny

The museum is housed in Venice in the fifteenth-century Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, the palace which became, at the beginning of the last century, the house of the wealthy Spanish intellectual Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949). He was a painter, set-designer, costume-designer, fashion designer, photographer, and above all, a collector. He amassed printed fabrics, furnishing fabrics, his own fashion and costume creations, 10,000 photographic plates&b;, 2,000 photographic prints and 4,000 books. His widow donated the building to the City of Venice, having first transformed the interiors into display spaces for a museum. Palazzo Fortuny has been closed for restoration since 1996.