Courtyard

Courtyard

The original palace, an ancient casa da stazio, was an L-shaped building located at the intersection of the rios of San Severo and Santa MariaFormosa. In the sixteenth century overall alterations were carried out for thirty years at the expense of Giovanni Grimani; two new wings were added to the building, doubling its size and gaining an inner courtyard, Roman-style, with loggias of marble colonnades, unusual in sixteenth-century Venice. At the time the vast space of the courtyard, with its asymmetrical porticoes laden with artfully arranged sculptures, relieves and inscriptions, must have appeared a stunning invitation to visit the rest of the collection and the pictorial wonders held in the upper floors of the palace.