Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of St Apollonia
The museum, owned by the diocese of Venice and promoted by Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani, 1912-1978) when he was Patriarch in Venice, holds newly-restored (or in restoration) works of art originally from Venetian churches.
The museum is set in the ex Benedictine monastery of St Apollonia, erected between the XII and the XIII centuries.
The museum contains paintings, sculptures, ornaments and sacred objects from churches and convents that were closed.
It also has one of the richest collections of sacred silverware, composed of about 200 pieces of beautiful liturgical objects (XIV-XXI century); a collection of canvasses amongst which are the names of Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane, Gregorio Lazzarini, Luca Giordano, Giannantonio Pellegrini; a detailed presence of wooden sculptures and statues of clothed Virgins.
The museum collection is recent up to the present day, as is witness the exhibition of contemporary art housed both here and in other city spaces linked to it.
The entrance opens onto the beautiful cloister of St Apollonia, which has mainland Romanic forms uncommon in Venice, a colonnade with double arched lintels sustained by sturdy columns on the minor sides and by paired columns on the main ones. A well from the 1200s is erected at the centre of the cloister.
The Mercian Lapidary was place from 1969 all around the walls, and is a collection of decorative fragments of Roman and Byzantine times, or of Venetian-Byzantine make (IX-XI century), mainly used ornamentally in the ancient Basilica of St Mark’s, and never again used in the Contarini’s reconstruction.
Address: Fondamenta della Canonica 4312, Castello 30122 Venezia
Times: Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. -12.30 a.m.. closed on Sundays and holidays
Actv transport lines: numbers 1 - 6 - 14 - 41 - 42 - 51 - 52 - 20 - 2 boat stop San Zaccaria or 1 - 2 Vallaresso