Venezia città magica e misteriosa, città della cultura e dell'arte.
Il museo costituisce una della più importanti collezioni mondiali di arte giapponese del periodo Edo (1600-1868). Raccolta che il Principe Enrico di Borbone, Conte di Bardi, acquistò durante il suo viaggio in Asia , tra il 1887 ed il 1889. Più di 17.000 pezzi tra i quali spade e pugnali, armature giapponesi, delicate lacche e preziose porcellane, con ampie sezioni dedicate all’arte cinese ed indonesiana.
The palace is an amazing example of Venetian Gothic architecture. It was the home of the Doge and law making institutions and a symbol of the wealth and power wielded by the Serenissima, the Venetian Republic. Inside are the Great Council rooms, the Senate, the constituency all decorated with paintings by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese. There are also the private rooms of the Doge, the famous Council of Ten rooms, the Armoury and the Prisons.
A visit to the museum in St Mark’s Square is a good way to discover Venice’s history and art. The tour begins in the Napoleon Wing and proceeds to the Neoclassical Rooms which holds scupture by Canova and ends in the Public Prosecutors rooms with exhibits on the history of Venice and ancient art. The second floor displays a collection of Venetian art from its beginnings until the 1500s and also houses the Museum of the Risorgimento.
The Museo di San Marco reopened to the public in 2003. It has been modified by enlarging museum space in the atrium above St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s former dining room.
The museum centres on three large aspects of St. Mark’s Patrimony: mosaics, fabrics, the four bronze horses and ancient relics.
In St Mark’s Basilica it is possible to admire such treasures as the famous altar piece, The Pala d’Oro, a gothic-byzantine goldsmith’s wrok, and a collection of sacred works of art.
The library, by Jacopo Sansovino, was built and decorated by works of all the most famous artists of the Renaissance, between 1537 and 1560, with the scope of decorously containing the Greek and Latin codes which were given to the Venetian Republic by Cardinal Bessarione in 1468.
It is nowadays part of the National library Marciana where it keeps its function as the monumental part together with another building (where the lecture rooms and offices are located), the Zecca.
This temple of a 1700s Venice, located in the stunning Rezzonico Palace on the Gran Canal (a work of Longhena and Massari), preserves some very important paintings of the best masters of the century amongst whom Tiepolo, Rosalba Carriera, Longhi, the Guardis, Canaletto. These paintings are set amongst precious adornaments and furniture.
The International modern art gallery takes place at Cà Pesaro, the most important baroque venetian palace, built right onto the Gran Canal by Baldassarre Longhena. It contains important collections of paintings and sculptures from the 18/1900s.
The Oriental Art Museum is located in the ancient baroque palace of the Pesaro family, at San Stae, on the Gran Canal and holds one of the biggest and most important European collections of Japanese art of the Edo period (1615-1868), which was collected at the end of the IX century by Enrico di Borbone, count of Bardi, during one of his travels to the far east, between 1887 and 1889.
The exhibition dedicated to Emilio Vedova is unique in the method in which viewers see the paintings. The museum hosts the great Venetian artist’s canvases, by means of a mechanical arm that takes them with a circular movement, from the store room where they are kept, to the exhibition room.