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Arts & Museums
It is not known for certain who made the mid-14th-century Golden Altar Piece. It is a masterpiece of engraving that uses Byzantine ancient enamels, which originate from the pillage of Byzantium in 1204. The Treasure of San Marco should not be missed. A large part was melted down to mint money, but what remains can satisfy the curiosity of even the most demanding visitor, from an artistic and historic point of view. It can be accessed directly from the Basilica di San Marco.
This gallery in the heart of the city (a stone's throw from San Marco) hosts permanent exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture by its resident artists. Quaint and full of innovative works, Benvenuti gallery is among the art treasures that Venice is so famous for.
Started in the 9th Century, Basilica di San Marco's architecture shows an eastern and Byzantine influence: note the golden altarpiece and the 13th and 14th-century mosaics that illustrate the cycles of the Bible. The magnificent domes date from the 12th Century. The Basilica houses the Marciano Museum, which contains the original bronze horses, copies of which are now on the terrace. Other great artworks are located in the Pala d'Oro, along with masterpieces of Gothic gold-smithing, located just behind the altar. Basilica di San Marco-Campanile, the historical bell tower is also worth a visit.
The Galleria of the Basilica di San Marco exhibits different works of art, tapestries and documents about the history of the Basilica. The highlights of the collection are the bronze horses, copies of which are displayed on the outside terrace. The date of these is a matter of some dispute, with opinions ranging from the 3rd Century BCE to the 4th Century CE They were stolen by Napoleon and brought to Italy where they were restored in the 1970s. Call to know the timings.
The name Carlo Scarpa is synonymous in Venice with architecture. The place itself is worthy of exhibition, regardless of the exhibits themselves. You will find works by 20th-century masters: bronze and glass sculptures, paintings and drawings. There is also glassware by Giampolo Seguso - vases, glasses, plates and lighting.
The fine art gallery of Giorgio Mastinu is located in San Marco. It is an ideal place to visit if you are in the neighborhood. It claims to be one the trendiest galleries in town. It stores drawings, painting, documents, photography work, contemporary art designs, illustrated books, etc. of local as well as well known artists. Tucked away in one of the corner of San Marco, it is one of the smallest you will find but very well put up.
Museo della Musica di Venezia is a place that is a must stop for music lovers from all over. This museum is a true hidden gem, and although it has free entry, you will rarely encounter crowds here. The guide takes you around the premises, which feature vintage musical instruments, Venice being a centre for music after all. String instruments of every kind, from harps to violins can be found here, with some as old as the late 1600s.
Located in the Procuratie Nuove, two minutes from Biblioteca Marciana Marciana, this is one of the oldest museums the city has to offer. Built at the bequest of Domenico Grimani in 1523. Museo Archeologico houses findings of Egyptian, Assyrian-Babylonian, Greek and Roman origin. This includes coin collections, Grimani statues dating from the 4th and 5th Centuries BCE, as well as pieces from the classic and Hellenistic periods, Latin epigraphs, vases and male busts from the imperial era. The museum is slightly off the tourist trail, which makes it all the more interesting.
Started in 1468 from Cardinal Bessarione's collection, this museum houses Venice's most important book collection, which includes manuscripts, miniatures and texts. The first example of Classical architecture in Venice, the building contains an abundance of sculptures, which are inspired by classic mythology. Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is also home to many works by important Venetian artists. It is arranged over two floors, which are linked by a staircase that is reminiscent of the Golden Staircase in the Palazzo Ducale.
The foundation of Fondazione Querini Stampalia was laid in the year 1869. It was made to order by Venetian Querini Stampalia family's last successor Conte Giovanni. The exteriors and interiors were made by the well known architect Carlo Scarpa. It holds paintings of famous artists and also exhibits contemporary art. For schedule and information on group tour visit website.
This gallery displays contemporary paintings with resident artists showing works on a permanent basis. Artists include: Vizzini, Formenti, Zennaro, Mosna, Giuliani, De Luigi and Matsujama.
There is a silent and almost respectful ambiance in this museum. Visitors enter Museo Correr by means of a staircase, originally built as a grand entrance to the Napoleonic Wing. From here, the tour continues through neoclassical rooms, the Royal Palace, the Canoviana Collection, Venetian Civilization, Antique Art, and Renaissance Bronze. There are many sculptures by Canova and decorative objects by Francesco Hayez. Venezia by Jacopo De' Barbari can be admired in the entrance.