Sex and art by the Grand Canal: how Peggy Guggenheim took Venice

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In the 1940s, the heiress fled New York and, with a makeshift gallery, became the star of Venice. But she was not the first woman to dazzle the city. As the Biennale opens, Judith Mackrell tells their story on the Guardian.

Judith Mackrell’s The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice is published by Thames and Hudson on 1 June.

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