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The current seat of the homonymous museum links its history to that of the powerful Grimani family, in particular to the patriarch of Aquileia Giovanni Grimani.

On the death of Doge Antonio Grimani, his nephew Giovanni, who in addition to being patriarch was also a passionate collector of works of art, inherited the family home: since then it will become the natural home of his immense collection. In this regard, many artists were consulted for the interior decoration works carried out especially between 1537 and 1540, including Camillo Mantovano, Francesco Salviati and Giovanni da Udine; in addition to the decorations, the building was redesigned and the design was drawn up by Giovanni himself (others attribute the project to Tommaso Temanza or Michele Sammicheli, author of the entrance door).

The building was enlarged between 1567 and 1569 with the addition of the wing, inside which some rooms dedicated to entertainment were placed; among the many additions to the palace accumulated over the years is the private chapel, inside which Louis XIII of France conferred the order of San Michele on the painter Tiberio Tinelli.

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