Baroque and Bizarre in Venice

Gioielleria Attilio Codognato
16 September 2017 0 Comment

I hope you don’t mind me dragging you and Perfect Traveller along to one of the more famous, and paradoxically, best-known secrets in Venice? No, it’s not another museum, but a jewelry shop, just off Piazza San Marco. Intrigued? Well you should be as this enthralling tradition of unique jewelry making came to life here in 1866 under the genial hand of Simone Codognato, whose work immediately attracted the attention of such passer bys as Queen Victoria and the Czarina!

The Codognato range of jewelry use the most precious materials available and are crafted with brilliance, often using the symbols of death for their inspiration? Here in Venice a certain type of 17th century painting featured human skulls to remind us that “Momenti Mori” – “Remember You Must Die.”

The unique designs over the years have attracted a loyal and venerated collection of artists and celebrities as clients including Manet, Renior, Whistler and later the Duchess of Windsor, Diaghilev, Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol no less! Visconti would visit the shop every day whilst he was filming his “Death in Venice”, like a child let loose in a candy store. In this city of perpetual and ever changing light, death is celebrated in the most beautiful and enduring way.

Gioielleria Attilio Codognato – 1295 San Marco - Phone: 041 522 5042


Peter Kilby
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Peter Kilby is an artist, writer, story-teller, journalist and avid traveller who has lived and worked in Italy since 1987. He created Perfect Traveller to bring the world of art and history closer to you. Download the “free” Perfect Traveller app and enjoy the best audio tours available; about Italy today and yesterday. Sign Up to this website and submit your travel stories and become part of the Perfect Traveller community.

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