The monumental complex of the Accademia Galleries is set in the famous Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità, one of the most ancient lay confraternities in the city. The others church of St Mary and the monastery of the Lateran Canons, built by Andrea Palladio. The exhibition of paintings is set within the Accademia Galleries and constitutes the most important collection of Venetian paintings from the IV Byzantine and Gothic centuries to Renaissance artists and 1700s landscape painters.
Founded in 1807 with the intention of hosting paintings from churches eliminated during the Napoleonic reign, the Accademia galleries have been enriched with donations and purchases.
The visit begins on the first floor with polyptychs of the IV and V century by Paolo and Lorenzo Veneziano, Michele Giambono, Niccolò di Pietro, Jacobello del Fiore, Gentile da Fabriano, Pisanello, Michele di Matteo.
Soon after are rooms dedicated to the eight weavers of the Miracoli della Reliquia della Croce (1494-1501) by Gentile Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio and the nine weavers of Carpaccio with their Leggenda di S. Orsola (1490-1495). Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Bellini with his unforgettable Virgins, Giorgione (La Tempesta), Cima da Conegliano (Madonna dell'Arancio), Mantegna (S. Giorgio), Piero della Francesca (S. Girolamo adorato dal donatore), Cosmè Tura (Madonna col putto) mark the passage from the 1400s to the 1500s fully represented by Titian (Pietà e Presentazione della Vergine al Tempio), Paris Bordon, il Veronese (Convito in casa di Levi), Lorenzo Lotto, Palma il Vecchio, Palma il Giovane, Tintoretto (Vita di S. Marco).
Next come the Baroque and the Rococò with Bernardo Strozzi, Luca Giordano, Marco Ricci, Giuseppe Zais and Francesco Zuccarelli.
Other known names are, as far as the 1700s are concerned, those of Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, Giovan Battista Piazzetta (Indovina), Sebastiano Ricci, Francesco Guardi and Canaletto’s landscapes (Prospettiva con portico), pastel drawings by Rosalba Carriera, little scenes by Pietro Longhi and a few sketches by Antonio Canova.
About 3000 official papers from the Venetian school, and Lombardia, Emilia, and Umbria are all exhibited.
Campo della Carità - Venezia
Opening times: Monday 8.15a.m. - 2.00p.m., Tuesday-Sunday 8.15 a.m. - 7.15p.m. (ticket booth closes half an hour beforehand)
Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
Entrance: fullprice € 6.50, reduced € 3,25 (kids U.E. 18-25 years old with identity card, teachers when not accompanied by students)
Services: easy access, photographic archive, didactic activities, audioguide, bookshop, musem publicationm guided tours.
Bookings: Call Center (+39) 041 52 00 345 (active from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a,m to 6.00p.m., Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., closed on main holidays)
ACTV transport lines: numbers 1, 2 boat stop Accademia