In the heart of every Venetian is the Querini Stampalia Foundation, a foundation, museum and library that we explored with the designer Alessandra Micolucci during the shooting for Venice Fashion Week Digital.
The Querini Library welcomes Venetian students, scholars and visitors from all over the world until midnight. The palace is a house-museum that tells the story of Venice through furnished rooms, works of art and paintings, many of which tell what life was like in Venice in different eras.
The history of the Foundation is linked to the events of the Querini Stampalia family and its latest descendant, Count Giovanni, who in 1868 bequeathed the entire family patrimony to the city of Venice, including movable and immovable property, artistic and book collections, so that they become of public use.
In his will, John establishes the creation of an institution that promotes “the cult of good studies and useful disciplines” open as much as possible, but especially when the other cultural realities of the city are closed.
We walked through the cool rooms of the sixteenth-century palace with photographers and instagramers from @IgersVenezia, the Venetian community of Igers. With emotion we shot in the most precious place of the building: the Scarpa area.
In 1949 the Foundation entrusted the restoration of the Querini Palace to the architect Carlo Scarpa. The restoration, which began ten years later, is one of the most poetic and counter-current interventions of the great architect. Thousands of people come every year to see how on the ground floor of the Querini Stampalia, previously unusable due to high water, Scarpa is able to let high water in, transforming it from a problem to a loved element, which adds beauty and dynamism to the spaces.
In this locus amoenus our models Alessia Piva @alessiapiva5 and Isabella Torreggiani @living_venice wear the creations of Alessandra Micolucci, a Venetian designer who with natural techniques promotes supportive and eco-sustainable fashion: go and visit her in her atelier in Calle Racchetta in Cannaregio Venice, or visit his website www.alessandramicolucci.com.
Photo by Settimo Cannatella @seventhsoul
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252 – 30122 Venezia
tel. 041 2711411 – fax 041 2711445