Monumental rooms of the National library Marciana (or Sansoviniana)

MarcianaThe 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.

The library is reached by following the route from the portal, adorned with two caryatids of Vittoria, and over the two-flight staircase with a vaulted ceiling, along which six roman columns of rare marbles are placed, coming from the Basilica of Pola.  At the first floor there remains one of the rarest examples of the Beautiful Sight of Venice by Jacopo de’ Barbari (year 1500), a work of art and a precise reproduction of the city’s true outlines.

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.

Useful information
Address: Piazza S.Marco 13/a cap 30124 - Venezia
Telephone: 0412407223 (+39)0412407211
Fax: 0415238803
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:
Actv transport lines: number 1, number 2. 


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