Venice Gallerie dell’Accademia

VENICE GALLERIE DELL’ACCADEMIA

A wonderful Art Collection in Venice: Gallerie dell’Accademia

Gallerie dell’Accademia were inaugurated and since 1817: in its 24 halls the main works of the Serenissima’s major artists (Veronese, Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto) have been exhibited (the present arrangement is due to Carlo Scarpa who took care of it between 1948 and 1949).

The works are arranged in a chronological order. In the first hall, dedicated to the international Byzantine and Gothic styles, includes numerous icons and polyptyches with golden backgrounds among which stands out the superb Crowning of the Virgin by Paolo Veneziano. In the following halls feature some Renaissance works (although the Renaissance developed late in Venice, from mid-15th century): St. Job Altarpiece, Virgin Mary in Throne with Christ Child and Saints, the Pietà and the Old woman by Giovanni Bellini, who created a new compositive scheme of the group “Virgin Mary with Christ Child” called “Sacred conversation”. Giorgione too, in the enigmatic The Tempest, underlines the original character of Veneto 16th century painting. If you manage to see the last halls, note the two famous Renaissance cycles: the Miracles of the Holy Cross by Gentile Bellini and Scenes of St. Orsola, a masterpiece by Carpaccio. The works of the major artists of the 16thcentury Venetian painting follow, with the main representatives of mannerism: Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

Among Titian’s works feature the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple and The Pietà (concluded by Palma il Giovane). Among Tintoretto’s works note the Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine (full of mysticism) and the Miracle of St. Mark, from the Scuola di San Marco, Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. In Paolo Veronese’s beautiful Feast in the House of Levi, elegant people have dinner surrounded by wonderful mock-classical architectures. The painting was given this title after a long trial in which the painter was tried by the Inquisition as the original title was “Last Supper”. The last halls contain 18th century works, among which the interesting collection of the works of the most famous Venetian view painters, such as Canaletto, Francesco Guardi and Giambattista Tiepolo with his vertiginous paintings.