The Accademia Gallery

In this chapter we discuss one of the most prestigious and most visited palaces on the island of Venezia, the Accademia Gallery.

The Accademia Gallery is the most important and the most complete collection of Venetian art in the world and is housed in three buildings that were once of religious use. The fascinating collection covers a period of five centuries and provides a complete glimpse of the Venetian school, as well as an accurate picture of the customs and traditions of the past.

The rich collection includes paintings of the fourteenth century Gothic and Byzantine, of the Renaissance, until Baroque-Rococo, preserving works by artists such as Paolo Veronese, Vittore Carpaccio, Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and many others. The rooms are organized in chronological order, with the exception of the final rooms, which refer to the Renaissance period.

"It was the inevitable destiny of Venice to be painted, and painted with passion” : the American writer Henry James states this in 1880. The most precious jewel of the gallery is "The Tempest" by Giorgione, a famous painting that portrays a woman who’s trying to breastfeed her child and a young soldier who’s looking at the stormy sky in the background.

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