- A scholarly day in Venice, highlighted by a tour of the Accademia Gallery and masterpieces of Venetian art
- Led by Susan, art historian and Venice private guide
- Accademia Gallery , San Zaccaria, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Santa Maria della Salute, and Santa Maria della Pieta Church
Susan is a published writer who has over ten years of experience teaching the History of Art for prestigious university programs in the United Kingdom and Italy. After graduating in the History of Art and Italian in 1998, she obtained 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.
Inspired itinerary: Hidden Gems in Venetian Art Museums
After our journey through the Accademia, we travel by vaporetto to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, for a look at the monumental basilica built by the great and highly influential Andrea Palladio, as well as viewing important paintings by the great Jacopo Tintoretto. Time permitting, we might ascend the bell tower for an incomparable view across the whole city. Following a pause for lunch in the Castello area, we venture into the Scuola di San Giorgio–which was founded in the 15th century as a society of migrant workers from the other side of the Adriatic. Here we will experience Carpaccio’s charming and colorful canvases–showcased in their original location.
From here we enjoy a short stroll to the Pieta – Venice’s foremost orphanage which was famed for its music-making, and where the great composer Antonio Vivaldi taught music for many years. Our backstage visit will be accompanied by an archivist of this historic institution, and we will learn how Venice supported and protected its most vulnerable children, and we will learn something of their lives. Our tour takes us to the singing galleries where the girl orphans performed heavenly music in the elegant eighteenth-century venue, designed by Giorgio Massari–no doubt with advice from Vivaldi himself. This brings us closer to the neoclassical architecture and the superb ceiling frescoes with an angelic choir and orchestra, painted by the great Giambattista Tiepolo, credited as Europe’s greatest eighteenth-century painter.
Our final stop is San Zaccaria, once Venice’s elite convent with close ties to the Venetian state. With its flooded crypt, layers of architecture, and truly extraordinary examples of Venetian painting, by artists like Bellini and Tintoretto, it is the most evocative place to consider the history of the women of Venice, many of whom lived out their lives in the city’s convents.
Does Context offer Pre-Travel seminars about Venice?
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
Susan's full-day itinerary in Venice will meet at the Accademia Gallery and end near San Zaccaria. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and a 24-hour phone number for any last-minute issues.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to be prepared; we encourage keeping an eye on the weather and bringing along an umbrella, sunscreen, water, or a hat as needed.
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.