If you are wondering how many works of art are preserved in Venice, know that answering this question is not easy…the list is so long that it would take an entire encyclopedia!
Venice in fact hosts numerous museums, galleries, monuments and churches, so many that they have made it a city rich in architectural and artistic jewels.
The same St. Mark’s Square, the most important square in the city, can in all respects be considered an open-air work of art. In addition to the various monuments and squares, in Venice there are numerous statues and paintings of international artistic importance. In the city, for example, you will find a collection of the works belonging to the so-called “Teleri” cycle. This collection includes the paintings of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, among which the Miracle of the Holy Cross at Rialto and the Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo.
These are just some examples of the major works of the the “Teleri” cycle, which also includes the paintings of the Scuola di Santo Stefano containing 4 paintings dedicated to St. Stephen (the Dispute of St. Stephen, the Stoning of St. Stephen) and the cycle of the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni.
The “Teleri” cycle also includes the collection of the Legend of Saint Ursula, which in turn includes internationally renowned works of art, such as the Dream of Saint Ursula or The Departure of the Ambassadors.
The inestimable artistic heritage of Venice
Those mentioned, however, represent only a very small part of all the works of art preserved in this majestic city. This is because Venice also hosts the Ca’ d’Oro, which preserves some world-famous paintings. Among the main ones we must mention Justice by Titian, the canvas depicting Saint Sebastian by Andrea Mantegna and the Stories of the Virgin by Vittore Carpaccio.
If you are a lover of art, you will definitely be enchanted by the immense Gallerie dell’Accademia, a real concentration of art of infinite value. Here you will find the Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto, the Madonna del Carmelo, the Vitruvian Man, the Miracle of St Mark and many other works of art that have made the history of Venice and Italy. Entering the Academy’s galleries you risk losing yourself in its corridors, a breathtaking spectacle.
However, we recommend you don’t stay there too long, as there are many other places to visit in Venice, such as the Correr Museum which houses paintings such as the Man with the Red Beret, the Pietà by Cosmè Turà, the Crucifixion by Bellini and the Portrait of the Doge Giovanni Mocenigo.
Remember not to leave behind the wide range of paintings preserved at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Among the most important we must remember: the Voice of the Winds, the Box in a Suitcase, the Birth of Liquid Wishes and the Materia, a painting created by Umberto Boccioni at the beginning of the 20th century.
Beyond the paintings … the sculptures
Besides being famous for its pictorial artistic heritage, Venice also hides many sculptures of world importance. Among these stands the Dynamism of a Speeding Horse + Houses, a sculpture housed in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
In the city, however, you can see the Lion of Piraeus, the horses of St Mark, the statue of Antonio Rioba and the one dedicated to St. John the Baptist, created with the collaboration of Donatello. If your thirst for knowledge has not yet been quenched, remember to see the Pala d’oro preserved in the St Mark’s basilica: you will not want to take your eyes off.