- Wander a complex of religious buildings and soak up the atmosphere and the artworks from the 15th and 16th centuries
- Carpaccio, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian... all the great Venetian Painters all in one great venue!
- Paolo Veronese’s massive (and massively controversial) Feast in the House of Levi infuriated Inquisitors for depicting a raucous Last Supper - with dogs, drunken dwarves, and Germans in attendance. Called before the Inquisition, he ended up changing the title to avoid further censure
Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia is a stunning gallery tracing the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries. All dramatic lighting and Renaissance brushstrokes, the Gallerie dell'Accademia is located in the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, a former convent complex. Highlights on display here are works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto and many others. You'll pass through church and monastery and gaze at classics painting.
When you enter the Gallerie dell'Accademia, you'll see Jacobello Alberegno's multi-panelled Apocalypse. With the whore of Babylon spewing a river of blood from her mouth, and a collection of skeletons in a ring of fire. Simplistic by today's standards, this 14th-century work is a strong start for this art gallery. Works here run the full gamut from dramatic apocalyptic scenes to romantic pastoral works.
Be prepared to get swept up into the atmosphere of the works here, by a veritable Who's Who of Renaissance painters with ties to the Venetian Republic: Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Bellini and dozens more. Many of these works feature Venice, and it's quite a peculiar experience to spot Venice (as it was in the past) in these paintings.
Napolean had scooped up many of these works from churches around the area, and decided to install them here, in the chapels and meeting rooms of Santa Maria della Carità, and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi. This complex of religious buildings had uh, been 'repurposed'. The Venetians will never forgive the little general for these acts, but the works couldn't be displayed in a more fitting setting.
Spend some time here working your way through the dozens of rooms and hundreds of paintings, and spot the currents and innovations that would make their way through European art in the later centuries of the Renaissance. A calming stroll here is the perfect activity while you're in La Serenissima.
How to use your tickets
Show your digital voucher with the reference code on it at the Ticket Office and get fast access.
From St.Mark’s Square: Take boat n.2 or n.1 (Le Roma Direction): 3 stops (8 minutes in total) before arriving at the Gallerie dell'Accademia.