[…] "Portrait of a Young Man before a Landscape" by Flemish painter Hans Memling is the great example of Renaissance portrait painting in northern countries.
The 16th century art – Cinquecento started in Venice with Giovanni Bellini and continued with his pupils Giorgione and Titian. Giorgio Barbarelli from Castelfranco called Giorgione lived for about 33 years, left a few paintings which can be confidently attributed to him, almost nothing is known about his life, but he is considered to be one of the greatest painters in the history of art. Two of his masterpieces are treasured in the Accademia Galleries. One of them is the famous and mysterious "Tempest", the meaning of which has been greatly debated. It was described by the 16th century Venetian scholar Marcantonio Michiel as "the landscape on canvas with a tempest, a gypsy and soldier in a storm", but recently it is believed that it depicts Demeter and Iasion at the moment he had been killed by Zeus with a thunderbolt. The other is an allegoric portrait called "Col Tempo" or "The Old Woman". We have to mention that we had an opportunity to see Giorgione's only altar-piece, called "Castelfranco Madonna" in the Accademia Galleries where it was exhibited in 2005, after the long restauration in the Accademia Laboratories. This painting is permanently exhibited in Duomo in Castelfranco Veneto, 40 km far from Venice.
To be continued in PART VI…
[…] Another family – Vivarini gave Venice three respected painters – brothers Antonio and Bartolomeo and Antonio's son Alvise. Among their artworks in the Galleries are "Triptych" by Antonio Vivarini, "Conversano Polyptych" and "St Ambrose Polyptych" by Bartolomeo Vivarini and "Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints (Sacra Conversazione)" by Alvise Vivarini. In the Accademia Galleries are exhibited nine paintings depicting "The Stories from the Life of St Ursula", painted by Vittore Carpaccio for Confraternity of St Ursula. Besides works of Venetians, the most noticable 15th century works of the other Italian artists in the Accademia Galleries are "Saint Jerome and a Donor", tiny painting by Piero della Francesca, one of the supreme artists of the Italien early Renaissance, born in Borgo San Sepulcro, "The Madonna of the Zodiac" by Cosme Tura from Ferrara, "St George" by Andrea Mantegna, several Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of which the most famous is the one called "Vitruvian Man" (it is not permanently exhibited, but could be seen in a rare occasions or with special permit)…
To be continued in PART V…
[…] Among the other artworks from that period are "Polyptych of the Apocalypse" by Jacobello Alberegno, "Virgin of Humility with Saints" by Giovanni da Bologna, "Madonna and Child and a Devotee" by Niccolo di Pietro…
Bellini family – Jacopo, and his sons Gentile and Giovanni marked the 15th century Venetian art. Jacopo Bellini, today mostly recognized as the father and the teacher of Giovanni Bellini, was praised in his time and created many paintings for churches, religious confraternities, and the Venetian state. "Madonna and Child Blessing", "Triptych of St Lawrence", "Triptych of the Virgin" and "Triptych of St Sebastian" are some of the Jacopo Bellini's works displayed in the Accademia Galleries. Gentile Bellini was honoured painter during his lifetime, official portraitist of Venetian doges and the painter sent by the Venetian state to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1479 in response to request of Sultan Mehmed II for a good portraitist.
To be continued in PART III…
Venice's Accademia provides the most comprehensive chronicle of Venetian art from the 14th to the 18th centuries - from Byzantine, to Renaissance, to Baroque. Housed in the former church and convent of Sta Maria della Carita, the museum traces its roots to the collection of Accademia di Belle Arti initiated by the painter Giovanni Battista Piazzetta in 1750. Napoleon was the man behind the current premises of the museum, further enriched by works of art removed (purloined?) from churches and monasteries.
Some of the more memorable works were two Renaissance masterpieces: Tintoretto's The Miracle of St Mark Fleeing a Slave and Paolo Veronese's HUGE Feast in the House of Levi.
Allot at least three hours to explore the Accademia's 24 rooms. More serious visitors could find the audio guide handy in providing a more in-depth knowledge of the works
Situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal, it gives its name to ponte dell´Academia situated next to the museum. The Gallerie masterpieces of Venetian painting up to the 18th century, generally arranged chronologically though some thematic displays are evident.
Se encuentra en la orilla sur del gran canal junto al puente del mismo nombre. Se en encuentran obras importantes de la pintura veneciana que van desde el 300 hasta el 700. También hay obras interesantes del Veronese, del Carpaccio, de Tizziano y de muchos mas artistas ilustres.
The Accademia Gallery is one of greatest museums and it contains art treasures of inestimable value created from 14th to 18th century. This huge gallery is an art lovers wet dream. The cost of entry is 10 Euros and the galleries within are vast storehouses of paintings from every era with a high concentration on Venitian and local artists throughout history. I am not a great art lover but liked it here immensely as their collection is so vast. I spent a good two hours here and am still not sure I saw all the galleries or rooms as its like a maze inside.
One of the most important museums in Italy with an extraordinary collection of works by the greatest exponents of Venetian painting, including Giorgione, G. Bellini, Carpaccio, and J. Tintoretto to name but a few.
The gallery premises were formerly owned by the Confraternity of St Mary of Charity and it was one of the six great guildhalls of Venice.
the accademia art museum houses the largest collection of venetian art in the world. the accademia was founded as the accademia di belle art by giovanni battista in 1750. in 1807 napoleon had many works of art removed from churches and transfered them to the accademia. some examples of the collection, tintoretto.s "the stealing of st. mark", carpaccio's "cycle of st. ursula", lorenzio lotto's "portrait of a gentleman", and carpaccio's "healing of the madman".
a must see site for the lover of fine art.
The wonderful Galleria dell'Accademia is the most important museum of Venice. It has occupied a number of sites since being established in 1807. At that time, the collection comprised pieces "liberated" from the churches and convents being suppressed in the city, which was then under the baleful occupation of Napoleon and his troops. The collection was first sited in the former church of Santa Maria della Carita, and then in Palladio's Convento dei Canonici Lateranensi.
There are many different rooms in the Galleria dell'Academia, 24 in all. It houses the largest collection of Venetian art (created between the 14th and 18th Century) in the world. The main artwork is painting (I cannot actually recall now if there are sculptures or other types of art in the museum or not). I do remember the many rooms of paintings, all of different scales, some taking up entire walls of the gallery, and subjects, although a lot of them were religious in nature. It does take a while to walk around the gallery, but I am sure you will be impressed by numerous pieces as you wander throught the rooms (and if you get tired there are seats to rest on throughout the gallery).
Artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Francesco Guardi and Jacopo Tintoretto are featured here. For recommendations on the top ten works to see in the gallery, check out the website below.
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