Fortuny’s Velvet

Venice and its Jewels: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei – Fortuny

Mariano Fortuny was an eclectic genius of the early 1900’s: he was a painter and a scenographer, he was interested in light effects, in theater, in costumes and fabric… he designed fabulous dresses and robes, printing the fabric with unique patterns through the use of original woodcuts, and invented a particular technique to create thin folds in silk cloth.

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photo 5: detail of the studio with flower motifs and exotic animals made with a tempera patented by Mariano

Presences of Mariano Fortuny Y Madrazo in Venice or ‘le but de ma vie est l’Art’

Mariano Fortuny was a multifaceted versatile talented person and had a vast eclectic culture. He was a fashion and costume designer, an inventor, a photographer with a skilled eye and created many lamps, fabrics and garments. He spent many decades of his life in Venice, in Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, and purchased a former convent area with garden on the Giudecca island for his factory bringing it back to life

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