Stairway to Heaven

The Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the world’s great museums,  in the Dorsoduro sestiere (district) of Venice,  you approach via the huge wooden arch of the Ponte dell’Accademia, built by the Austrians to move their soldiers swiftly about the city.  Once inside, you find quite possibly the greatest collection of European and Venetian paintings.

24 rooms in all, the Accademia has occupied a number of sites since being established in 1807. At that time, the collection comprised pieces ‘liberated’ from the churches and convents being suppressed in the city, which was then under the baleful occupation of Napoleon and his troops. The collection was first sited in the former church of Santa Maria della Carita, and then in Palladio’s Convento dei Canonici Lateranensi.

 

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