This buildings is not to be confused with the grand four-story Ca Foscari facing the Grand Canal. Click on images to enlarge them.

Hugh A. Douglas’s 1907 book, Venice on foot, has the following about this the Palazzo Foscari by the Scalzi bridge: It is at “Fondamenta S. Simeone Piccolo, Nos, 716-717.- There are records of the Foscari in this parish from the eleventh of twelfth century. The present palace was built in the sixteenth century, by Senator Piero Foscari, on the site of the older one, in which Doge Francesco Foscari is said to have been born. Sanudo describes some magnificent festivals given here in the sixteenth century. The famous frescoes in the court by Latanzio Gambara have almost disappeared. Alvise Contarini, Patriarch of Venice in 1741, belonged to this branch, the last member of which was his nephew, Alvise, the last Primicerio of St. Mark's, who died in 1800” (305).

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Douglas, Hugh A. Venice on Foot: With the Itinerary of the Grand Canal and Several Direct Routes to Useful Placest. London: Methuen, 1907. Internet Archive version of a copy in the New York Public Library. Web. 23 March 2020.

Ruskin, John. The Works. Ed. E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. “The Library Edition.” 39 vols. London: George Allen, 1903-1912.

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