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The construction was commissioned by the powerful and wealthy Venier family (who donated 3 doges to Venice) and was designed by the architect Lorenzo Boschetti in 1748, of which a wooden model can now be seen at the Correr Museum; the building would have become even more grandiose than that of the Corners of the Cà Granda with which, at the time, strong competition was established.

For unknown reasons, the palace remained unfinished (called by the maifinìo people, translatable in Italian as "never finished", in fact) and the reason for the nomination of the lions seems to be attributable to the fact that the Veniers owned a lion locked in a cage in their fantastic garden .

Subsequently to this prestigious family, numerous admirers of this building were furious but in particular, the fate of this building was linked, starting from 1949, to an eccentric and rich lady in love with Venice, passionate about modern art and lover of the good life : Peggy Guggenheim.

The palace today is in fact home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

 

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