Venice between reality and symbol

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The image of Venice between reality and symbol
a collection in the Accademia Galleries
venice between reality and symbol

The Accademia Galleries hold the most important collection of Venetian painting in the world, including some of the most extraordinary testimonies that the city’s artistic culture has produced over five centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century.

Walking through the halls of the museum you can learn about heterogeneous aspects of Venetian culture and millenary history, starting from the strictly historical and artistic ones, to get to deepen the social and political mechanisms of the Serenissima, but also the habits and customs of its cosmopolitan inhabitants.

To celebrate the 1600th anniversary of Venice, the Accademia Galleries intend to propose one or more virtual itineraries/exhibitions within the collections focused on the representation of Venice between reality and symbol, thus alternating a selection of masterpieces useful for understanding the architectural and urban evolution of the Serenissima – and the political choices underlying these transformations and these images – but also its capacity for civic and political self-representation through its symbols and allegories.

The allegorical personification of Venice with its multiple attributes knows transfigurations both in a religious key, such as Venice associated with the Virgin, and in a symbolic key, such as Venice as Justice or the winged Lion of San Marco.

Finally, the Triptych of Justice by Jacobello del Fiore, on display in Room I to welcome visitors, executed in 1421 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Venice, will be enhanced with an explanatory panel and better lighting.


Location: Accademia Galleries, Venice

Schedule: June 1, 2021 – March 24, 2022

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