The House of the Tre Oci (click here)

The House of the ‘Tre Oci’ is testimony to the fascination that the island of the Giudecca has held for many centuries. Looking out onto the canal of the Giudecca, in front of the Punta della Dogana, the palace was realised by the painter Mario de Maria, noted also as Marius Pictor. It was created at the beginning of the 1900s, a period in which the island began to develop diverse housing areas and benefit from industrial activity. It is a magnificent example of neo-Gothic architecture of the Venetian house in this period, at the avant-guard of the contemporary style.

 

At the height of the building one notes a bifora window with elegant decorations of the neo-Gothic period, realised by the artist in memory of his daughter Silvia, who died a few years before the creation of the building.

The central plan of the palazzo is typical of a Venetian piano nobile and is characterised by the presence of three large windows in a pointed oval shape, from where the name ‘Three Eyes’ derived (tre occhi in Venetian dialect). These elegant apertures were symbolic of the other members of the family, that is the artist himself, his wife Voigt Emilia and their other child, Astolfo.

The palace originally functioned as the studio of the artist, then becoming the home of his son Astolfo, who was also a painter and his wife Adele. From the very beginning it became a point of attraction for artists and intellectuals and through the course of the years it hosted important figures such as Grubicy, Scilitian, Morandi, Renzo Piano and Dario Fo.

 

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In 2007 the house of the Tre Oci was declared of significant historical and artistic importance and became part of the Direction of the Veneto Region for ‘I Beni Culturali and Paesaggistici. It has recently been restored by Polymnia, a society that acquired the edifice in 2000. Following this sale, the society converted it into an exhibition space dedicated in particular to the arts of the Novecento.