The Accademia Gallery or Gallerie dell’ Accademia, is the Art Museum of Venice. It has one of the world’s greatest and largest collections of masterpieces of Venetian paintings in existence up to the 18th century and is housed in three former religious buildings.
It was founded in 1784 by the grand duke Pietro Leopoldo. In 1807, Napoleon moved the Academy to its present premises. This administration had disbanded many institutions in Venice including some churches, convents and schools. The Scuola della Carità, the Convento dei Canonici Lateranensi and the church of Santa Maria della Carità thus became the home of the Accademia.
The basis of the collection was the Accademia di Belle Arti, founded in 1750 by the painter Giovanni Battista Piazetta and the collection was greatly enlarged by works of art from churches and monasteries that Napoleon suppressed and/or destroyed at that time.
Spanning five centuries, the fascinating collection of paintings in the Accademia Gallery provides a complete spectrum of the Venetian school, from the medieval Byzantine period through the Renaissance to the Baroque and Rococo. The collection is generally arranged chronologically with the exception of the final rooms, in which some thematic displays are also evident.
Some of the Masters, whose collections are here, are:
Gentile Bellini, Giovanni Bellini, Canaletto (Antonio Canal), Caravaggio, Vittore Carpaccio, Rosalba Carriera, Francesco Guardi, Giorgione (da Castelfranco), Pietro Longhi, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna , Giambattista Piazzetta, Giambattista Tiepolo, Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti), Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari)
Highlights of the collection include: "The Tempest", by Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini's "San Giobbe Alterpiece", Titian's "Pieta", and portraits by Rosalba Carriera, one of the rare female artists of the late Baroque period.
Most of the paintings are housed on one floor divided into 24 rooms. Restoration work is ongoing, so be prepared for absent paintings, or whole sections closed off. The paintings are dependent on natural light, so to see them at their best, try to visit on a bright morning.
Upstairs, a second gallery called the Quadreria, contains works by Italian artists including Bellini, Veronese and Tintoretto. Guided visits are free of charge, but it is essential to book in advance.
Monday 8:15 - 14:00
Tuesday - Sunday 8:15 - 19:15
(The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing of the museum)
1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Field of the Charity
Dorsoduro n.1050, 30130 Venice
Tel. +39 041 5222247
Fax +39 041 5212709