Canaletto, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and other 'hidden' treasures at the House Museum Querini Stampalia

An exquisite Venetian collection, never exhibited before, will go on show in the new section designed by Michele De Lucchi

From 21 November 2018 to 21 November 2019

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From 21 November 2018 the House Museum Querini Stampalia is enlarging its exhibition with a new, precious collection ... Intesa Sanpaolo, faithful to its objectives of enhancing and sharing its collections of art, has taken the step to 'give back' to Venice all the treasures it inherited from Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, which had never been exhibited in their entirety.

A true treasure and a symbol of the identity and history of Venice itself, perfectly integrated with the philosophy and setting of Querini Stampalia and a further contribution to the extraordinary story on the life and traditions of the most refined aristocracy of the Serenissima Republic, which can be admired inside the house museum. The choice to exhibit this collection at Querini Stampalia was not dictated by chance, and the same can be said about the date chosen for the opening of the new section to the public: the Querini Stampalia Foundation is a quintessentially Venetian location, a fine example of a house museum devoted to the promotion of encounters and exchanges in an atmosphere that harmoniously blends past and present. On the other hand, the opening on 21 November of the Venice house museum new collection, the day of the celebration of Madonna della Salute - one of the most important city’s celebrations – testifies to the profound link of this initiative with the city itself.

Given the importance and value of this new collection at Querini Stampalia, Venice, the house museum took the decision to renovate the third floor of the building, which was first closed to the public and used as offices. The task was entrusted to the multifaceted architect and designer Michele de Lucchi, Venice, who set out to design an exhibition that, while maintaining the style of the house museum, would enhance the new acquisitions and pay homage to the beauty of this ancient Venetian palace. The result is worthy of De Lucchi’s fame.

The collection of Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia at Querini Stampalia boasts paintings, sculptures, furnishings, decorative elements, drawings, engravings and coins, all of Venetian nature and dating from the 16th to the 20th century. Among all the works it is worth mentioning two precious paintings by Canaletto, which come on top the other works of the painter already kept in his hometown, the great sketch of Paradise for the Sala del Maggior Consiglio of the Doge’s Palace created by Domenico Tintoretto and that of the Last Judgment by Giambattista Tiepolo, works by great masters of the Venetian school up to Caffi and Ciardi, the bas-reliefs by Arturo Martini dedicated to life on the front line during the First World War and the sculptures by Alberto Viani.

Among the furnishings, a magnificent 17th century Murano-style mirror stands out for its complex workmanship and large size.

In addition to the great artists mentioned above, Tiepolo, Canaletto and Tintoretto, Querini Stampalia in Venice is also adding to its collection a significant set of bibliographic materials whose contents describe the history, economy and art of the city of Venice, among which are some rare examples of Venetian printing from the 15th to the 18th century. Worth mentioning is also the large map of Venice by Jacopo de’ Barbari, which comes in addition to the one already held by the Foundation, and the over 4000 wood carvings and engravings by artists such as Carlevarijs, Canaletto and Marieschi.

On request, visitors can also admire the vast numismatic collection that traces the history of the Serenissima Republic from the second half of the 13th century until 1866, when the Mint was finally shut down.


Michele de Lucchi's work at the Querini Stampalia Foundation

After the changes introduced by Carlo Scarpa, Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta, it is up to another great Italian architect, Michele De Lucchi, to be honored with the task of renovating some of the rooms of the Venetian palace. In addition to housing this precious collection, the new section located on the third floor of the building, previously not accessible to the public, has brought back to life a new exquisite viewpoint on the roofs of Venice and the majestic Basilica of Santa Maria Formosa.

The exhibition has been developed following the model of the house museum and in continuity with the exhibits of Querini Stampalia. Visitors will be able to choose whether to start their visit from the distant past or from more recent times: the new seven rooms have been arranged one after the other and juxtaposed as a single visual telescope, with the rooms devoid of partitions, this way enhancing the vision of the exposed beams of the ceiling and the beautiful Venetian-style marble floors. Moreover, the ancient original decorations in the smallest room have been restored after they were discovered during the works. The most particular and at the same fascinating choice, as it greatly contributes to the atmosphere of the new wing, has been the selection of colors: in each room they recall the historical period of the works kept inside, from the strong tones inspired by the works of the past to the subtle 20th century gray hues.


The Querini Stampalia House Museum is one of the destinations to be included in your city break to Venice... Close to the best attractions and yet far from the chaos of mass tourism, it is the ideal place to get in touch with the golden past of the Serenissima Republic and its most elegant expressions, not forgetting the contemporary inspirations, which have been added to several rooms of the building in the last fifty years contributing to creating a truly unique and very particular atmosphere.

We would like to remind you that access to the Querini Stampalia Foundation is free, only for residents of the Municipality of Venice, every Sunday.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff