The museum – in St. Mark’s Square – originated from the collection belonged to the Venetian nobleman Teodoro Correr, who in 1830 donated to the city of Venice his palace and his art, book and document collection, offers various itineraries through which visitors can discover Venice from different points of view.
The museum collection is amazing and I suggest that you might follow a themed itinerary, so that you will be pleased with the visit.
The first itinerary you can follow is the neoclassical itinerary, which goes along the Napoleonic Wing and houses the recently inaugurated Sale Canoviane, as to say the rooms hosting works by Antonio Canova.
The second itinerary is the one along the Royal Palace, inside which there are Sissi’s private apartments, as to say the rooms which were the Venetian residence of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, spouse of Franz Joseph I of Austria, known as “Sissi”.
The third itinerary is dedicated to the Venetian culture: the rooms illustrate the life and the culture of the Venetian Republic, providing an insight into the events of the city’s history, its festivities and celebrations and the aspects of its institutions and political system.
On the second floor you can admire the most precious paintings and the masterpieces by the famous Venetian artists. A journey through the history of art from the earliest days of Venetian painting to the 16th century, including works by Vittore Carpaccio, Jacopo Sansovino, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto and Titian.
I will briefly talk about the Imperial Apartments of the Princess Sissi. The Empress lived in Venice for seven months (between October 1861 and May 1862). Her rooms were re-opened to the public in 2012 and some authentic neoclassical and imperial style pieces of furniture recreate the atmosphere of that time.
You can try to imagine how the life of Sissi in these rooms could be, what she could think about, looking out of the windows of the Throne Room or the Audience Room, or how her everyday life in the Boudoir or in her Bedroom could be. However, what we see on show isn’t Sissi’s bed, but it is the bed belonged to Eugenio Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte’s step-son, viceroy of the Kingdom of Italy between 1806 and 1814.
Guest Post by Caterina Stringhetta The Art Post Blog
Caterina lives near Venice and she is a curious tourist, fond of art cities, a tireless visitor to exhibitions, and an insatiable explorer of museums. She has a degree in art history, but she’s more interested in stories which art talks about. The Art post Blog is her blog, born in 2013 to share her passion for art.