Ca' Rezzonico is home a beautiful set of frescoes by the Venetian painter Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804). The frescoes originally decorated a villa in Zianigo (near Mirano), which his much more famous father, Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770), bought in 1757.
Although the villa was a modest establishment, it was still a mark of a very successful career for one of the greatest Venetian painters of the eighteenth century.
Tiepolo senior rarely stayed in the villa, but his son spent long periods there. Over a period of almost forty years (1759-97), Giandomenico decorated the villa with a number of delightful frescoes that were for the exclusive enjoyment of himself and his family.
The frescoes were removed from the villa in 1906.
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