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Judith Mackrell

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice

Judith Mackrell

Saturday, 13 October 2018

2:30pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room

£6.50 - £12.50

Biographer Judith Mackrell tells the stories of three extraordinary and unconventional 20th-century women who fashioned their rebellious lives in Venice’s Unfinished Palazzo.

The Unfinished Palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal was left abandoned to rot, yet at various stages it played host to the hugely wealthy Marchesa Luisa Casati, the notorious British socialite Doris Castlerosse (née Delevingne), and the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim. Casati made the palazzo a venue for extravagant parties, Castelross welcomed film stars and royalty, while Guggenheim gathered a collection of art that draws visitors today. Mackrell explains how each of their lives offers a snapshot of modern Venetian history and of the way women chose to live in the 20th century.

‘The best gallimaufry of gossip and scandal I have read in years’ Lynn Barber, Sunday Times

Mackrell is the Guardian’s dance critic and a successful biographer. She is author of Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes and Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation.

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Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock