Although Venice boasts a fantastic amount of in-situ artworks, a good number have been removed from their original setting and are now found within the Accademia, Venice's premier art museum. On this three-hour Accademia Gallery tour we'll join a local art historian to dive into this world-class collection, containing works by such masters as Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, and Giorgione. Along the way, we'll get more background and develop a deeper appreciation for the distinct art scene that popped up in Venice during the Renaissance.
In our exploration of the Accademia Gallery, we'll cover the most important pieces as well as oft-overlooked gems, and explore the distinct character of this wonderful collection, which focuses predominantly on Venetian art, but also includes paintings by Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Hans Memling, and Cosme’ Tura. Among the masterpieces housed in this museum is the famed drawing by Leonardo, “The Vitruvian Man,” exhibited only on special occasions.
We will spend considerable time contextualizing these works, in regard to both local history and their place in the canon of art. We will also look at the wider implications of these works in the social and political developments of the time. The goal of this walk is not to race through the corridors in an attempt to see "everything" but, instead, to observe selected works in-depth in order to gain a full appreciation of their significance.
Love art? You might also pair this tour with another Venetian art tour, including our or our Titian in Venice Tour, examining the role of the artist and his contemporaries during the high Renaissance.
Susan has over ten years of experience teaching the History of Art for prestigious university programs in the UK and Italy. After graduating in the History of Art and Italian in 1998, she took an M.A. concentrating on art and architecture in Venice, and in 2004 she completed her specialization with a Ph.D. on Venetian Renaissance altarpieces. As a post-doctoral researcher with the University of Glasgow and London's National Gallery, she worked as a researcher and editor on the National Inventory of European Painting, the on-line catalog of European paintings in British museums. Susan has also contributed articles to the Burlington Magazine and Artibus et Historiae. Susan met her Venetian husband Paolo in 1997; they have a young son and divide their time between homes in Italy and the UK.
Louisa is an art historian who obtained her B.A. at the Courtauld Institute, where she specialized in Venetian art and the Italian medieval and Renaissance periods. In 2000, she earned her M.A. from the University of Warwick in Venetian Renaissance art.
Originally from Genoa, Erika moved to Venice ten years ago to study Oriental languages at Ca' Foscari University, where she graduated with a thesis on Japanese art and architecture. She has a keen interest in the art and history of Venice and worked for some important cultural institutions, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where she was in charge of special events, and the National Oriental Museum at Ca' Pesaro, where she studied and cataloged part of the collection. Her time at the Guggenheim collection sharpened her knowledge of contemporary art, which she continues to study. She is now a licensed tourist guide for the city of Venice.