500 years of Venetian painting
A visit to the Accademia Galleries
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500 years of Venetian painting
A private visit to the Accademia Galleries
Highlights of this tour:
Cycle of Saint Ursula by Vettore Carpaccio
Cycle of San Giovanni Evangelista by G. Bellini, Carpaccio, and others
Giovanni Bellini Sacra Conversazione from San Giobbe
The Tempest by Giorgione
Portrait of a Young Man by Lorenzo Lotto
The Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto
The Banquet in the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese
The 24 rooms of the Accademia Galleries offer an extraordinary overview on Venetian painting, ranging from the 14th century with Paolo Veneziano’s jewel-like altar-pieces, through the enchanting tales of Gentile Bellini and Carpaccio, to the Golden Age of Giorgione. Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, are followed by 18th century paintings by Tiepolo, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi and Canaletto.
You will learn to see the world through “Venetian eyes,” as an enchanting land of radiant colors; where man and nature, spirit and senses, are glowing forever in splendid harmony.
Our guide will explain the historic, socio-political, and economic backgrounds that assisted such artistic output, and will stress the peculiarities of Venetian painting as compared to other Italian and European schools.
Particular attention will be given to the Renaissance period, especially the work of Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, and Jacopo Tintoretto.
Also, we will explore the perception of Venice as seen through the eyes of its painters in the cycles of San Giovanni Evangelista and Saint Ursula.
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The Accademia Galleries house the most important collection of Venetian painting in the world.
The great majority of the paintings exhibited come from churches, monastic institutions, lay brotherhoods (known as “scuole” in Venice) which had been suppressed or even demolished during the Napoleonic dominion.
The illuministic idea of a public museum where art had to be accessible to anyone was in fact used by Napoleon to justify the transfer of many masterpieces to the Louvre, just a few of which were given back.
Many Venetian artworks were also sent to the Brera Academy in Milan and never returned.
The paintings that remained in Venice were to be used mostly for didactic purposes by the Fine Arts Academy students.
The collection, moved to the present complex of buildings by 1807, was then enriched through the years: some paintings were given back by the Louvre, some arrived thanks to private donations and others, including the Tempest by Giorgione, were acquired by the museum mostly during the 20th century.
The Galleries are currently undergoing a long restoration, started in 2005 and not yet concluded.
Although paintings are frequently being moved, most of the famous pieces are always visible and important temporary exhibitions are being held.
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