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The Academy of Art in Venice is situated on the south side of the Grand Canal, not far from the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

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Italy this Way review: The Academy of Art in Venice houses an impressive collection of Venetian paintings by artists including Bellini, Bottega, Titan and Tintoretto. However the Vitruvian Man shown on all the publicity is in reality very rarely on display.

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The Academy of Art houses Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Vitruvian Man however sadly it is very rarely on display due to its fragile state.

The Vitruvian Man is da Vinci's study of human proportions and shows a male figure in two superimposed images drawn within a circle and a square. It is a pen and ink drawing on paper hence its fragile state. It was drawn in the 1487 or thereabouts.

However there are many other wonderful paintings to discover. The collection is the world's best collection of pre-19th century Venetian paintings and includes art works from the middle ages to the 18th century.

Notable amongst the artists are Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) and Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti). These were all notable painters of the Venetian Renaissance which lasted from the late 15th century to the late 16th.

The Venetian Renaissance paintinters used rich deep colours and showed a strong focus on light and its effects. This makes the rooms of paintings in the Academy of Art particularly colourful and vibrant and a pleasure to explore.

Many of the paintings have either a religious theme or depict scenes of life and events in Venice at the time.


The gallery is located at the Campo de la Carita on the Grand Canal. It is opposite the Accademia bridge and is the Accademia stop if you take the vaporetto.

It is open Monday mornings and all day Tuesday to Sunday.

There are toilets and a bookstore at the Academy and the gallery and facilities can all be accessed by wheelchair.

The gallery is housed in the Santa Maria della Carita complex which included a church, a monastery and the Scuola Grande. 

A scuola was a club of wealthy citizens and as you enter the Academy and go up the stairs the first room you enter is the meeting room of the Scuola which has a wonderful gilded ceiling.

Altogether there are 24 rooms arranged around two courtyards and a new wing with a further seven rooms dedicated to 18 and 19th century artists of the Venetian school.

The Academy was designed by various architects including Andrea Palladio, a notable Italian Renaissance architect.

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Attractions nearby

The whole of Venice is utterly magnificent but the key sights and monuments are Saint Mark's Square, Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge.

If you have time you may wish to visit the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo with its external spiral staircase which has multiple open arches along its length.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Venice guide, and the Venice-Veneto guide.

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