Querini Stampalia Museum
This is the home and museum of an ancient aristocratic Venetian family, the Querini. It holds more than 400 paintings of Venetian, Italian and foreign schools. This house, located in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, next to the church of the same name, is witness to the Venetian style of life of the XVIII century.
The historical house, located on the second floor of a 1500s palace, was given to the city together with the library by count Giovanni Querini Stampalia in 1869. The building also houses the Scientific Foundation that “promotes studies and useful subjects” as Giovanni had asked in his last will and testament.
One of the richest art collections of the city is contained within this palace, with over 400 paintings dated between the XIV and the XIX centuries.
Amongst the artists: : Donato and Catarino, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio and il Giovane, Bernardo Strozzi, Luca Giordano, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci and Giambattista Tiepolo.
These rooms house an example of everything that was wealthy and powerful in the Venice in the 1700s: The ceilings decorated with plasters and frescoes, walls covered by mirrors and boiseries, lamps from Murano, tapestries, porcelains by Meissen, Vezzi, Sèvres, Cozzi, sculptures by Orazio Marinali and Antonio Canova, globes by Willem Blaue and Gilles-Robert de' Vaugondy and a lot more.
Entrance: free for residents (from 10a.m. to 3p.m.)
Times: from Tuesday to Saturday 10a.m. – 8p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. – 7p.m. closed on Mondays
Address: S. M. Formosa - Castello 5252