When the Eurpean Heritage Project acquired essential parts of Palazzo Belloni in 2018, the palazzo stood mostly vacant and was rented out for film shootings on a daily basis. Its fragile statics, especially facade and left side, front suffered immense decomposition, a phenomenon that some people, especially with Venetian architecture in mind, refer to as „elegant decay.“ Yet, it is nevertheless a momentary charm, threatening the entire building structure’s eventual loss in the long term.
As Venice is facing the real dangers of growing „fast“ tourism, the European Heritage Project decided, along the implementation of restorative measures, to rekindle the building’s original purpose as a residential building.
Furthermore, by protecting this monument, an important caesura in Venetian history and architecture is being kept alive and perceptible to the senses. Having the masterful architect Longhena, the protagonist and pioneer of Venetian Baroque, as its famous creator, Palazzo Belloni marks the shift from predominantly Byzantine inspired Gothic into a new epoch. It is a lithic artwork that highlights the end of Venice’s last plague epidemic in 1630s, and „La Serenissima’s“ transition from center of international trade to cultural metropolis.