Monumental rooms of the National library Marciana (or Sansoviniana)
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.
La Sapienza (Wisdom) by Titian (1560) stands out on the ceiling of the vestibule, once a Public Museum of The Republic, and held a collection of statues and ancient Greek reliefs given to Venice by Giovanni Grimani in 1587. Today only a few of ancient Roman pieces remain.
The Library room, covered by a vault decorated by the works of seven different artists, chosen by Titian and Sansovino, holds, on its walls, portraits of philosophers, amongst which are some by Tintoretto and Veronese.
The actual premises contain precious manuscripts, like the Breviario Grimani of the V century and previous editions such as Aldo Manuzio’s one.
Address: Piazza S.Marco 13/a cap 30124 - Venezia
Telephone: 0412407223 (+39)0412407211
Hours: from Monday to Thursday only bookings; Sunday (excluding the fourth Sunday of the month), at 10, 12 and 2pm.da lunedì a giovedì: esclusivamente su prenotazione; domenica (esclusa la quarta domenica del mese): alle ore 10.00, 12.00, 14.00.
Closed 1st January, 25th DecemberChiuso 1° gennaio, 25 dicembre
Library hours: Monday - Friday: 8.10 - 7.00pm Saturday 8.10 - 1.30pm
Consulting hours and use of reading rooms for study plus bibliography consulting on special occasions are all available at the library, Biblioteca Marciana
Entrance: full price € 13,00 reduced € 7,50 (San Marco Museum Plus), intero € 18,00 ridotto € 12,00 (Museum Pass)
It will be possible to book visits by directly making contanct with the museum assistant Mariachiara Mazzariol, by means of the following manners:
- by calling at 041.2407238 (from Tuesday to Thursday, from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.); or 041.2407223 (on Sunday, except on the fourth Sunday of the month, from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.)
- by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Actv transport lines: number 1, number 2.