[…] Two of Gentile Bellini's late paintings created for Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista and considered to be his masterpieces are in the Galleries. Both of them – "Procession in Piazza San Marco" and "Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of San Lorenzo" depicts the events with the precious relic of the True Cross brought to Venice in 1369. Giovanni Bellini, the founder of the Venetian school of painting, was one of the greatest and the most influential painters of his time. He raised Venice to a center of Renaissance art that rivaled Florence and Rome. Giovanni Bellini lived a 90 years long and fruitful life. Many of his paintings are treasured in the Accademia Galleries, some of them created in the 2nd half of the 15th century – "Madonna degli Alberetti", "San Giobbe Altarpiece", "Madonna and Child with Two Saints (Sacra Conversazione)"… and some – the later ones – "Pieta", "Virgin in Glory with Saints", "Lamentation over the Dead Christ"… introduced the greatest period in Venetian art – Cinquecento.
To be continued in PART IV…
[…] 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…
[…] "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…
[…] Unlike Giorgione, Tiziano Vecellio called Titian lived for 86 years. He was considered to be the towering genius in his own time, even described by the 16th century Italian painter Gian Paolo Lomazzo as the "sun amidst small stars not only among the Italians but all the painters of the world". His paintings could be seen all over Venice, but also in many world museums. The Accademia Galleries possess several, among them "Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple", "St John the Baptist in the Desert" and marvelous "Pieta", Titian's last painting, considered by many artists and art historians to be the greatest of his works.
Jacopo Robusti called Tintoretto and Paolo Caliari called Veronese were the great masters of the Venetian school and the most successful Venetian painters in the generation after Titian's death. Almost all of his life Tintoretto spent in Venice and most of his works are still in the churches or other buildings for which they had been painted. Nevertheless the Accademia Galleries treasure quite many of Tintoretto's paintings. "The Miracle of St Mark Freeing the Slave", "Creation of the Animals", "Lamentation over the Dead Christ", "The Stealing of the Dead Body of St Mark"… are just some of them.
To be continued in PART VII…
[…] Paolo Caliari was called Veronese from his native city of Verona. He learned painting in Verona and in 1553 at the age of 25 he moved to Venice where he spent the rest of his life and created his the most important artworks. The Accademia Galleries treasure Veronese's "Battle of Lepanto", "Mystical Marriage of St Catherine"… and his the best known and one of the most important works – magnificent "Christ in the House of Levi", 1280 cm wide and 555 cm high!
Among the other 16th century artworks are "Sacra Conversazione" by Sebastiano Luciani called Sebastiano del Piombo, "Assumption of Mary" by Jacopo Palma called Palma Vecchio, "Portrait of a Gentleman in His Study" by Lorenzo Lotto, "St Lorenzo Giustiniani and Other Saints" by Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis called Pordenone, "St Jerome" by Jacopo da Ponte called Bassano, "Amusements of the Prodigal Son" and "Return of the Prodigal Son" by Jacopo di Antonio Negretti called Palma Giovane…
To be continued in PART VIII…
[…] After the glorious 16th century, the 17th produced a decline, and therefore the 17th century collection of paintings of the Accademia Galleries is neither numerous nor impressive. Some of the exhibited paintings created in the 17th century are "Melancholy" by Domenico Feti, "Apollo and Marsyas" by German painter Johann Liss, "Crucifixion" by painter and printmaker Giulio Carpioni, "Banquet at the House of Simon" by Bernardo Strozzi, "Annunciation" by painter, poet, and architect Sebastiano Mazzoni, "Crucifixion of St Peter" by Luca Giordano…
The 18th century was the last century of Venice independence – Napoleon conquered Venice in 1797 and ended the fascinating century of its history – Venice was, during the Settecento, perhaps the most refined and glamorous city in Europe. Giovanni Baptista Tiepolo was the last important Venetian figure painter and one of the greatest decorative artists of the Rococo. Many of his paintings can be seen in churches and palaces of Venice. Among his works in the Accademia Galleries are "Apollo and Marsyas", "The Rape of Europa" and brilliant tondo "Discovery of the True Cross".
To be continued in PART IX…
[…] "The Soothsayer" by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta is another great 18th century painting and the artist's masterpiece. Zuane Antonio Canal called Canaletto and Francesco Guardi developed a tradition of landscape painting based on views of Venice. Canaletto's "Perspective" and Guardi's "Bacino di San Marco with San Giorgio and Giudecca" and "Fire in the San Marcuola Oil Depot" are their very typical paintings. Pietro Longhi was Venetian painter of contemporary scenes of life. Our favourite of his paintings in the Accademia Galleries is "The Chemist" or "The Spice-vendor's Shop". Special charm to Venetian Settecento was given by Rosalba Carriera, woman pastellist. Among beautiful portraits she had painted by pastel on paper are "Young Lady of the Le Blond Family" and "Young Cavalier" from the Accademia Galleries collection. For the complete view of Venetian Seicento Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of 18th Century Venice have to be seen.
Just a piece of the great Accademia Galleries collection is mentioned in our nine tips.
[…] 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…
Gallerie Dell'Accademia – the Accademia Galleries is one of greatest world museums and it contains artistic treasures of inestimable value – artworks created from 14th to 18th century. Although the most of the collection are works made by Venetian artists, there are important works of non-Venetian, and some of non-Italian artists. The collection was presented to the public in 1817. It is housed in the group of buildings formerly called Santa Maria della Citta, made up of the church, the convent and the school, all of which were built at the beginning of the 15th century.
It is senseless to try to present such collection in a few words, so we're just trying to mention a few artists and their masterpieces exhibited in the Accademia Galleries.
The oldest works in the Galleries are from the beginning of the 14th century, many of them painted by unknown masters, such as tiny "Christ before Pilate" and "Kiss of Judas", artworks of unknown Italian painter. Paolo Veneziano is the first great identifiable artist in the history of Venetian painting and the most prolific and influential Venetian painter of the first half of 14th century. The Galleries possess his early work "Madonna and Child with two Votaries" and the late Polyptych. Lorenzo Veneziano, probably the pupil of Paolo Veneziano, created some of the most important paintings of Venetian late Trecento – "Lion Polyptych", "Annunciation with Saints"…
To be continued in PART II…
Art lovers will not want to miss the greatest existing collection of Venetian art, in the three buildings of the Gallerie dell’Accademia. If you have interest in five centuries of masterpieces, you should spend days in here!
Among the numberless masterpieces, you should not miss the Legend of St.Ursula, by Vittore Carpaccio, a cycle of eight magnificent paintings dating from the late 16th century, the Coronation of the Virgin, a bright polyptych painted in 1325 by Paolo Veneziano, considered the very founder of the Venetian school.
In addition to priceless works of art by the three Bellinis (Jacopo, Gentile and Giovanni), Mantegna, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Veronese and Titian, there are paintings of 15th- and 16th century Venice, that show amazingly, how little the city had changed since then. The artworks are mostly arranged in chronological order and in each room there are information sheets in English.
One of the greatest treasures of the Accademia is the enigmatic Tempest by Giorgione, a painting in which the innovative use of the landscape influenced all the art of the following centuries. It has been called the first landscape in the history of European painting.
Because of fire regulations, entry is limited to a small number of people at a time; usually requires standing in line to enter. At the entrance are lockers where you can leave your bags, as they are not allowed.
You can find also a souvenir shop selling the usual things like books (60 to100$!!), postcards, etc. The prices may be expensive, but this is normal for a gallery shop.
Open: Monday from 8.15 am until 2.00 pm (last entrance at 1.15 pm),
from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 am until 7.15 pm (last entrance at 6.30 pm)
Admission 6.50€ adults, 3.25€ children 12-18, free for children under 12
Before it was founded by Napoleon in 1807, Academia was a picture gallery for training the students of the Academy of Fine Arts. Bonaparte suppressed many of the religious corporations in the city to concentrated paintings here. Along with private bequests and many bought items which increased the heritage of Academia, make it today the world's most important collection of Venetian painting from the 14th to the 18th century. In more then 25 of its rooms, Academia exibits works by Titian, Bellini, Carpaccio, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and many others.
It is absolutely a must see when visiting Venezia.
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.
The Gallerie dell'Accademia is the biggest collection of the greatest Venetian art anywhere. All kinds of great stuff is here, from Giorgione's The Tempest to Veronese's Feast in the House of Levi to Zuccarelli's The Rape of Europa. The art spans several centuries, from the Byzantine style of the Middle Ages through the Rococo period. Numerous paintings were uprooted from their original settings around Venice for which they were designed, and relocated here by Napoleon.
This picture is part of what you see coming out of the museum. There's a vaporetto stop here on the Grand Canal, as well as a water taxi stop.
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.
L'Accademia holds the largest collection of Venetian art in existence today. I originally went in search of Leonardo da Vinci's sketch of Vitruvian Man. It's the perfectly proportioned drawing demonstrating how a man fits in a circle and square if his arms were outstretched. Anyway, I must have looked at every single work of art in the place, and--no Vitruvian Man! So I asked one of the guards, who then went off to find a curator. I guess it's not everyday that they get asked this question?!? It's turns out you can only see it with special written permission, if you are a scholar or something. Geez, if I had only known beforehand--I mean I have connections, lol.