500 YEARS OF VENETIAN PAINTING – A VISIT TO THE ACCADEMIA GALLERIES
The rooms of the Accademia Galleries offer an extraordinary overview on Venetian painting, ranging from the 14th century with Paolo Veneziano jewel-like altarpieces, through the enchanting tales of Gentile Bellini and Carpaccio, to the Golden Age of Giorgione. Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, are followed by 18th century paintings by Tiepolo, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi and Canaletto.
You will learn to see the world through “Venetian eyes,” as an enchanting land of radiant colors; where man and nature, spirit, and senses, are glowing forever in splendid harmony.
Our guide will explain the historic, socio-political, and economic backgrounds that assisted such artistic output, and will stress the peculiarities of Venetian painting as compared to other Italian and European schools.
Particular attention will be given to the Renaissance period, especially the work of Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, and Jacopo Tintoretto.
Also, we will explore the perception of Venice as seen through the eyes of its painters in the cycles of San Giovanni Evangelista and Saint Ursula.
- Gallerie dell’Accademia
500 YEARS OF VENETIAN PAINTING
The Accademia Galleries house the most important collection of Venetian painting in the world.
The great majority of the paintings exhibited come from churches, monastic institutions, lay brotherhoods (known as scuole in Venice) which had been suppressed or even demolished during the Napoleonic dominion.
The enlightened idea of a public museum where art had to be accessible to anyone was in fact used by Napoleon to justify the transfer of many masterpieces to the Louvre, just a few of which were given back.
Many Venetian artworks were also sent to the Brera Academy in Milan and never returned.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- No dress code.
- AS there are not many seats inside thr Galleries, please wear comfortable shoes.
- The Accademia Galleries are closed on Monday afternoons.
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 295 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties. For larger parties send us an email!
- Museum fees per person:
- Gallerie dell’Accademia: 12 euros (full rate) – 2 euros (reduced rate)