August 24, 2012 – Venetian aristocracy penetrates Montréal’s French bourgeoisie at our most beautiful Beaux Arts-style mansion turned museum. Originally designed and owned by the Dufresne brothers, the Château Dufresne Museum is now the perfect host to the temporary exhibition Venice: From Queen of the Seas to Capital of Culture, which tells the story of this unique floating city through its history of maritime glory, rich architecture and impressive art.
Lend me your gondoliers!
Proud and multi-faceted, the Venetians have been producing gorgeous Murano glass objects for centuries, as well as highly creative costumes and masks for one of the world’s most infamous carnivals, not to mention magnificent jewellery and silverware. Examples of these stunning objects can be admired at the Château Dufresne until October 28. For book lovers, a treasure trove of Venetian tomes dating from the earliest of the Renaissance printers, including materials from Aldus Manutius, the inventor of the italic typeface (and, arguably, the most important humanist printer in Western culture), are also on display.
Not only was Venice the European capital of printing for two centuries, but a fierce maritime force and bustling commercial hub as well. In 1797 the Queen of the Adriatic was rather brutally topped by Napoleon, but that didn’t stop her from luring admirers from all across the globe with her charms. No need to hop aboard a plane to sigh at the Bridge of Sighs when you can get a glimpse of one of Europe’s most impressive and romantic cities, right here in Montréal.
Enjoy Doge style like never before!