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One of the Venice best galleries that exhibits works of prominent European artists from the 14th to the 18th centuries.
Marvel at the Graceful Art Works in Gallerie dell'Accademia
Placed on the south side of the Grand Canal at the foot of the Accademia Bridge., Gallerie dell'Accademia is one of the greatest artsy icons in Venecia. The building housed the former Santa Maria della Carità church and the complex of the convent which was partly constructed by Andrea Palladio, an Italian Renaissance architect. Moreover, the gallery which has more than 24 rooms is turned out to be the part of Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, an art school founded in 1750 by painter Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Currently, Gallerie dell'Accademia displays an exceptional collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries comprises of the works of Bellini, Carpacio, Canaletto, Veronese, Tiziano, Titian, Tiepolo, and Tintoretto.
Named after its owner Peggy Guggenheim who was the American heiress and former wife of artist Max Ernst, the collection of this museum has been collected from 1938 until 1946 and displayed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. After the heiress' death, the place is passed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation which managed the museum all year-round. Peggy Guggenheim collection exhibits major works of some of the best 20th-century artists in various types (Futurism, Cubism, Surrealism, European and American abstraction, and avant-garde) such as Picasso, Duchamp, Klee, Mondrian, Ernst, and Pollock. In addition, more than 80 Italian, European, and American artworks are added as the part of the Schulhof Collection which includes paintings by Fontana, Hoffman, Rothko, and Twombly and sculptures by Caro, Judd, and Hepworth. No wonder that more than 400,000 tourists have visited such wide-ranging collected works in Peggy Guggenheim, making it one of Venice attractions that you must pay a visit to.
Constructed in the mid 15th century, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is a palace situated near the Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell'Accademia) and Palazzo Barbaro that designed with Venetian Gothic style in the 19th century. The palace used to be a residence of three eminent Venetian families, such as the Marcello, the Gussoni, and the Cavalli, whereas, in the present time, it houses Instituto Veneto di Scienze and Lettere ed Arti, as well as lots of cultural events. Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti features opulent window frames, garden between the palace and Accademia Bridge, and magnificent staircase which is a masterpiece by Camillo Boito.
Another palace that may be included in your destination in Venice is Palazzo Cini which is placed between Palazzo Balbi Valier and Rio San Vio on the Grand Canal. The palace-turned-gallery was formed because of the unification between Palazzo Foscari-Loredan and Palazzo Grimani. As a result, there is no entrance on the side of the Canal and that the door remains as a single gate in the north side which is connected to the adjacent campo by a bridge. In addition, Palazzo Cini which becomes a city gallery thanks to a donation by Yana Cini Alliata di Montereale is divided into two floors: the first one served the evidence of its past patron's residence along with the Venetian urbane collection, while the upper floor displays exhibitions and cultural events. The artworks that exhibit in this palace are Ferrarese Renaissance paintings, Cozzi porcelain table service, and the original collection of Vittorio Cini.
Last but not least, Magazzino Gallery may be included in the list of attractions that you must visit during your trip to Venice as the venue only takes five-minutes walking from Gallerie dell'Academia. Used to be the merchant's warehouse for more than five centuries, Magazinno Gallery serves as the exhibition of contemporary artists' works since 1997, such as Domenico Mangaro, Alessandro Piangiamore, Mircea Cantor, Atelier Van Lieshout, Jan Fabre, and Pedro Cabrita Reis. Not only regular exhibition, Magazinno Gallery also became the place where curator Cloe Piccoli made a series of exhibitions entitled 'Other Voices, Other Rooms - Artists Environments' from 2002 until 2006 to examine the contemporary artists' current practice and curator Maria Rosa Sossai who made exhibition cycle 'Double Vision' in 2004 until 2005. Therefore, the visitors who come to this place not only able to admire the piece of artworks but also learning about the development of arts.
How to Get Tickets?
The entrance fee applied in Gallerie dell'Accademia based on the age, as well as other attractions near the gallery. For more information, you are advised to visit the official website of Gallerie dell'Accademia and other attractions as well as the official website of Venice tourism.
How To Get Around?
Everyone is able to explore Gallerie dell'Accademia and other attractions near the gallery comfortably, including people who have the walking impairment, disability, and wheelchair user as the pathways are wide to roam around. In addition, the street around these sites provides benches to sit so you do not have to worry when you are getting tired of walking.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choice of shoes, be it sneakers, sandals, or even high heels as the gallery's floor is covered with marble. Don't forget to bring along the camera to capture the moment and items that caught your eyes in the gallery.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit Gallerie dell'Accademia in the morning to the late afternoon. It must be noted that on Mondays, the gallery closed in the afternoon, as well as the Christmas day and New Year for the entire day.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you do not necessarily need a guided tour to explore Gallerie dell'Accademia and other attractions near the gallery as the site is relatively easy to explore on your own.
How To Get There?
You can reach Gallerie dell'Accademia by taking a water bus line 1, 2, and N and get off at the gallery.