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Venetian art assembled by Napoleon
The Accademia is the essential shop for Venetian painting, and one of the world’s greatest art treasure houses. The gallery is located inside three former religious buildings: the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità, and the Monastery of the Lateran Canons.
It was Napoleon who made this collection possible, first by suppressing hundreds of churches, convents and religious guilds, confiscating their artworks for the greater good of the state; and second by moving the city’s Accademia di Belle Arti art school here, with the mandate both to train students and to act as a gallery and storeroom for all the evicted artworks, which were originally displayed as models for pupils to aspire to.
One of the finest art collections in Italy, the Accademia includes pieces by world-famous artists like Bellini, Canaletto, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, and Leonardo da Vinci. Don’t miss, in particular, La Vecchia (the “old woman”), one of the finest masterpieces by Giorgione, one of the most influential artists of the Renaissance in Venice.Walks of Italy Award-winning Tour Guide
Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050 Venezia, Venice
Phone: 041 522 2247
Open Hours: 8.15am-2pm Mon; 8.15am-7.15pm Tue-Sun
Category: Classic art
Price: Cost money