VENICE — On Saturday night, with the art crowd already fleeing town for the Basel art fair, an international mix of royals, socials and tycoons — Princess Michael of Kent, Pia Getty, Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis — braved the 40-minute schlep to Villa Pisani for Venetian Heritage’s annual black-tie ball.
The 18th-century palace, often dubbed the Versailles of the Veneto, is normally off-limits for parties, but Venetian Heritage had wrangled access after paying for the restoration of a dining room. And even Princess Michael, whose own home is Kensington Palace, acknowledged being wowed by Pisani’s grand ballroom, with its Tiepolo frescoes. “Ravishing, no?” she said.
Also sizing up the late Baroque opulence were Marina Cicogna, Yves and Rebecca Carcelle, Bruno Frisoni and Hervé Van der Straeten and Becca Cason Thrash.