MEDUNA, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1800, Venezia, d. 1880, Venezia)

Imperial box

Teatro La Fenice, Venice

Venice's famous theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1836, but it was quickly rebuilt in 1837 by the Meduna brothers, Giovanni Battista and Tommaso. The imperial box was decorated in 1854 using a design by Meduna. The decoration of the rebuilt theatre was exuberant with flowering garlands all over the place and a jungle of branches and gilding that reached a climax in the imperial box at the centre of the auditorium.

Unfortunately, the box was destroyed in the fire of 29 January 1996.