The crisis post Second World War forms the backdrop to Tate Britain’s exploration of a century of painting the human experience. It’s also at the heart of Martin Gayford’s book 'Modernists and Mavericks', in which he describes vividly the friendships and rivalries that defined the London art scene in the middle decades of the 20th century.
The Palazzo Venier was intended as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family in 1750, but the commission was abandoned with only one story complete. Empty and decaying, “il palazzo non finito” was an eyesore for over a century until it came to be inhabited by three very different women. 'The Unfinished Palazzo' tells their stories.