Palazzo Cini Gallery at San Vio
The amazing Cini Palace, that faces the Grand Canal on one side and rio St Vio on the other, is located halfway between the Accademia and the Guggenheim foundation. Many important art collections are preserved in this 1500s palace, once residence to Count Vittorio Cini. In 1984, his daughter Yana (Venice 1294- Rome 1989) donated it to the Giorgio Cini Foundation, together with the part of the palace that contains them.
It includes paintings of the XIII-XVI centuries and of the Tuscan School, amongst which Giunta Pisano (processional cross), Taddeo Gaddi (S. Giovanni Evangelista Welcomed in Heaven), Bernardo Daddi (Crucifixion), Lorenzo di Niccolò, Filippo Lippi (Our Lady and Child, saints, angels and a fidel), Piero della Francesca (Our Lady and Child), Sandro Botticelli (Paride’s Judgement).
Next to the paintings are some remarkable objects like ceramics and porcelains – also a complete dining service made up of 275 pieces from the 1700s venetian manufacturer Cozzi – caskets, ivory foil strips, polishes, goldsmiths’ works, Murano lamps, sculptures in clay and important furniture (cupboards, benches and libraries), with a rare nuptial casket from Siena and a Neapolitan stretcher.
The second floor displays temporary exhitions and of late has displayed a few exhibitions on works belonging to the Cini Foundation.
Address: Dorsoduro (San Vio) 864 - 30123 Venezia
Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. -6p.m.
Closed July-August, December-March
Services: easy access, museum publications, guided tours