The Gallerie dell'Accademia was open in 1750, when the Republic of Venice decided to form an Academy of painters and sculptors. The first director of the Academy was the painter Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and the building "Fonteghetto della Farina" was the first headquarter of the Academy. Initially, only the works of the Academy students were collected here.
During the Napoleonic occupation in 1807, the School of Art was moved to a more suitable place, a place where three important religious buildings are currently housed - the Grand School of Santa Maria della Carità, the Church of Santa Maria della Carità and the Monastery of Canonici Lateranensi.
Between 1816 and 1856, the Gallerie dell'Accademia wws enriched with collections of Molin, Contarini, Renier and Manfrin, so endowing these wonderful galleries with unquestionable masterpieces of Italian art. The gallery is housed in 37 exhibition rooms (24 on the first floor and 13 on the ground floor); an exhibition itinerary ranges from the fourteenth century paintings to the eighteenth century, which includes some absolute masterpieces such as La Tempesta of Giorgione, La Pietà of Tiziano, The cycle of stories of Sant'Orsola di Carpaccio and Il Convito in the house of Levi del Veronese.
Did you know that the Vitruvian Man has been in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice since 1822?
This work belonged to the Milanese Cardinal Cesare Monti until 1784, together with 16 other drawings attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Giuseppe Bossi, a painter, writer and secretary of the Brera Academy in Milan, paid a large sum of money to buy the collection in 1807 and continued throughout his life to collect the drawings of this great Florentine artist. With his death in 1818, the Austrian government purchased the entire collection of drawings, approximately 1,800 pieces and assigned them to the recently established Academy of Fine Arts in Venice (1807).
This Leonardo’s masterpiece is available to public only on certain dates during a year and when exhibitions dedicated to Leonardo are organized.
Ticket price for Gallerie dell'Accademia
Regular ticket price: 12.00 €
Reduced price ticket: 2.00 € (young people 18-25)
Free entrance - for young people under 18, people with disabilities, journalists, students and academics U.E. the school of architecture, cultural heritage, education sciences, obtaining a degree in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological, historical and artistic faculties of philosophy and letters, enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts
Working hours of Gallerie dell'Accademia
Mondays: from 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM
From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 AM to 7:15 PM
Last addition one hour before the closing time.