As one of the most powerful and culturally advanced civilisations
of the Renaissance period, Venice's artistic contribution to the world
of art is akin to that of Florence. Celebrate Venice in all her glory
by taking in one of its many art galleries.
If you're an art junkie this is your mainline station. If you're
not an art junkie you will at least appreciate learning that a Bellini
isn't just a type of cocktail. Over four centuries of art lies here
just waiting for your eyes to gaze upon it.
Napoleonic art and respite from the frenzied pigeons in St Mark's
Square. Only a fool would refuse.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
San Rocco's Big School had a serious graffiti problem. Tintoretto
was scrawling his doodles over that place for more than twenty years.
Luckily for him, he's considered less of a pest and more of a
Renaissance painting master.
The avant-garde Venetian artist, Emilio Vedova, has a large
collection of works in the stunningly redesigned Salt Warehouse
Museo di Torcello
Head out to the peaceful island of Torcello for some 15th century
sculpture and Greco-Byzantine works. The museum also houses some of
the island's archaeological finds.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
You don't have to spend your time looking at five hundred variations
of Madonna and Child while in Venice. Peggy Guggenheim got her paws on
rather a large number of modern masterpieces. It's amazing what hard
work, good breeding and a vast personal fortune can bring into one's
Contini Galleria d'Arte
The Continis have a huge "space" providing ample room for
international and local artists who managed to make a splash in the
Galleria del'Arte l'Occhio
See what the next generation of Venetian artists have been getting
up to when they should have been doing their homework. This smallish
gallery has been accommodating Venice's whipper snappers for 15 years.