Art in Venice will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Venice art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Those who are interested can read some of our other posts for Italian cities right there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Venice
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Venice you can go to:
- Musei Civici Of Venice at Piazza San Marco 52
- Galleria Victoria Miro Venice at Calle Drio La Chiesa 1994
- Ocean Space at Chiesa di San Lorenzo Castello 5069
- Magazzino Del Sale at Dorsoduro 266
- Galleria Di Piazza San Marco at San Marco 71/c
- Giudecca 795 Art Gallery at Fondamenta San Biagio 795
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection at Dorsoduro 701
- Pinault Collection at Campo San Samuele 3231
- Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus at Santa Maria Formosa Castello 5252
- Museo D’Arte Orientale at Santa Croce 2076
- Scuola Grande Di San Rocco at San Polo 3052
The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia is open from 10am to 6pm daily and was established in 2008 to manage and develop the cultural and aesthetic heritage of the city and its islands.
Victoria Miro has galleries here and in London representing over 40 worldwide artists and artist estates and the location here is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday. Victoria Miro established her first gallery in 1985 and it immediately became well-known for exhibiting the work of recognized and young artists from all around the world.
Ocean Space is located in the Church of San Lorenzo and is a planetary center for exhibitions, research, and public activities that promote ocean awareness and advocacy through the arts. This embassy for the seas is open from 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday and was established and led by TBA21–Academy built on its extensive work over the last ten years stimulating wonder, involvement, and collective action.
Vedova’s work as well as his significance in the history of twentieth-century art through a variety of initiatives such as studies, research projects, analyses, exhibitions, itineraries and teaching spaces, conferences, scholarships, and prizes can be found at The Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova.
Galleria Piazza San Marco is a two-story venue that can accommodate both historical and entirely contemporary exhibitions plus they have some side windows facing Second Calle de l’Ascension that are utilized for temporary exhibitions on occasion.
In 2007 Giudecca 795 Art Gallery opened and its purpose has been and continues to be the discovery and promotion of emerging talents in photography, painting, design, and recently street works and mosaics.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Tuesday and is one of the most important museums of twentieth-century European and American art near you. It is housed in Peggy Guggenheim’s former residence Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal and you will see classics from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof collection, a sculpture garden, and temporary exhibitions on display at the museum.
After being renovated by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and now housing personal and group exhibitions The Pinault Collection is viewable from 10am to 7pm every day but Tuesday.
The Fondazione Querini Stampalia is an Italian cultural foundation formed in 1869 at the request of Conte Giovanni who was the last descendant of the Venetian Querini Stampalia family. The museum is also home to more contemporary works including a contribution from post-impressionist Venetian artist Eugenio Da Venezia. Head over from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday when they are closed to see what they have to offer.
The Museum of Oriental Art in Venice is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday and houses one of the most notable collections of Edo era Japanese art. It can be found in the famous Ca’ Pesaro mansion erected by Baldassarre Longhena for the Pesaro family in 1652.
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity that was established in 1478 and it is a one-of-a-kind location where over 60 artworks have been conserved in their original settings in a building that has barely been altered since its creation. Check it out from 9:30am to 5:30pm daily.
Materials & Supplies Near You
New materials or supplies can be purchased at art stores in your area like:
- Arcobaleno Pigmenti at San Marco 3457
- Angolo Dell Arte at Via Antonio Da Mestre 21/23
- Bortoletti Fonderia Artistica at Via Delle Industrie 24
- Carterìa Ai Frari at Calle Larga 2954
- Cartoleria E Belle Arti at Dorsoduro 1076
- Bottega Dell’Arte di Gabriele Scarpa at Per S. Marco 4339
Arcobaleno Pigmenti provides the greatest raw materials for the creation of your works in the most vibrant and long-lasting colors.
Angolo dell’arte arose from Luca and Mirko’s twenty-year expertise in the world of fine arts and sells all of the supplies and instruments required for visual and figurative endeavours like painting and sculpture.
In 1980 four brothers who were inspired by their father’s passion for bronze casting and sculpture decided to open Bortoletti Artistic Foundry.
Cartoleria e Belle Arti San Trovaso is a great art store near you to buy oil acrylic tempera watercolor pencils charcoals and everything else you need to paint with.
Shows & Events
There are some amazing local art shows, events, and festivals like:
- Venice Biennale in April
- Venice International Art Fair in May
- Venice International Film Festival in September
- International Architecture Exhibition in November
For almost 120 years the Venice Biennale has been one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions. Since its inception in 1895 the Biennale has attracted over 500,000 people to the Art Exhibition and in the 1930’s three new festivals emerged for music, cinema, and theater while the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history. The first International Architecture Exhibition was held in 1980, and Dance made its debut at La Biennale in 1999.
For a contemporary fair that showcases group and solo exhibitions by established and rising international creators check out The Venice International Art Fair which provides a place for collectors, artists, photographers, designers, and professionals to exchange ideas and make contacts. Paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, video, and live performance are among the works on display at the expo.
The Venice Film Festival is also known as the Venice International Film Festival and is the world’s oldest film festival and one of the Big Three with the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Also known as Mostra di Architettura di Venezia in Italian, The Venice Biennale of Architecture is an international exhibition held every other year on even years that showcases architecture from across the world. It is the architectural section of the Biennale and was formally formed in 1980 despite the fact that architecture has been a component of the Art Biennale since 1968.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique works or learn the value of something you already own:
- Ravagnan Gallery at Piazza San Marco 50/A
- Venice Art Factory at Campo S Marco 2828a
- Antichi Splendori Venezia at Salizada S. Lio 5545
- New Art Production at Via Vincenzo Brunacci 5
The Ravagnan Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary art representing established and emerging international artists by exhibiting and selling works at its two offices in San Marco and Dorsoduro. The local gallery was founded in 1967 by Luciano Ravagnan and is a reference point for all art lovers and is the ideal site to develop national and worldwide collections particularly in the fields of painting and sculpture.
Venice Art Factory is a group of professionals that have been working as independent consultants in the organization, curation, and management of art exhibitions and events in your area for over 10 years. They provide a broad range of services to creators, galleries, and institutions all over the world in order to bring their work to reality.
For the past 25 years Antichi Splendori Venezia has been dedicated to the hunt for art and antiques with the same zeal as the ancient merchants assisting in the preservation of these real masterpieces.
All of the works included at the New Art Production near you were conceived, developed, and realized with the assistance of designers and creators with extensive industry expertise within their laboratory.
On a sunny day try out one of these local art walking tours:
Free Walk in Venice provides both free and private tours that can vary depending on the group, the weather and season, and what they believe is appropriate for their small group trip. If you tell them you are interested in local art and sculptures they should be able to lead you in the right direction.
Venice Events is a leading actor in the organization of experiences in Italy and they know that planning to perfection entails giving you the best activities and a voyage to remember.
Sculptures & Statues
These statues and sculptures in your area can also be fun to check out:
- Comet Glass Star von Simone Cenedese at Calle Santo Stefano 17
- Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs at Piazza San Marco
- Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II at Riva Degli Schiavoni
- Monumento Storico a Carlo Goldoni at Campo S. Bortolomio
- Giuseppe Garibaldi Monument at Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi
Comet Glass Star von Simone Cenedese was formed in the 1970’s on the island of Murano by Giovanni Cenedese who poured all of his technical know-how and aesthetic sensitivity into its production.
The Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs is a porphyry sculptural group depicting four Roman rulers from approximately the year 300 AD. Since the Middle Ages the sculptural group has been attached to a corner of the façade of St Mark’s Basilica.
The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument was planned by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885 and inaugurated in 1911 but it was not completed until the mid 1920’s.
The Carlo Goldoni Monument is a white marble outdoor statue dedicated to dramatist Carlo Goldoni which was unveiled in 1873. The monument is placed in the same-named square, historically known as Piazza delle Travi, in front of Ponte alla Carraia in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella quartiere.
You will see an imposing local equestrian statue located on the highest point of the Janiculum hill in Piazza Garibaldi when you check out The Giuseppe Garibaldi monument. Emilio Gallori designed it in 1895 and it has been dubbed the Hero of the Two Worlds.
Don’t forget about the great sculpture garden at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection either.
Venice Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Venice are:
- Bottega Del Tintoretto at Cannaregio 3400
- Scuola Bubacco at Fondamenta da Mula 148
- Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia at Fondamenta Zattere Allo Spirito Santo 423
- Scuola Internazionale di Grafica at Calle Seconda del Cristo 1798
- Verderame at Via Andrea Costa 31/b
- International Summer Academy of Fine Arts & Media at Collegio Armeno Moorat Raphael Dorsoduro 2596
The Bottega del Tintoretto hosts annual and intensive workshops that explore both traditional engraving, woodcutting, and lithography techniques as well as experimental techniques created throughout the twentieth century. The Tintoretto is also an art printing studio in your area equipped with presses and materials rescued from historic Venetian printing houses and was founded in 1986 by a group of creators next to the palace that was Jacopo Robusti’s home.
The Senate established the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia in 1750 and the statute dates from 1756. Initially it focused on figure, portrait, landscape, and sculpture but later perspective and architecture were added.
Generations of young students have graduated from Scuola Internazionale di Grafica becoming established design professionals in Italy and around the world. Their training program comprises one-year and two-year masters and high specialization courses in the most cutting-edge sectors of graphic design with an eye toward the future but never abandoning the tradition of manual design.
The International Summerschool of Fine Arts and Media is inspired by Black Mountain College and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. Their multidisciplinary approach welcomes students of various skill levels and backgrounds to the school’s picturesque location where it was created in 2003 while the Venice Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Francois Pinault’s collection at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana are all partners for the school.
Studios For Rent Near You
Unfortunately we don’t know of anywhere to rent studio space in your area, if you do please mention it in the comments so we can add the information to this post, thanks.
For art framing services in Venice head to:
- Ferrari Bravo Cornici Venezia at Campo Santa Maria Formosa 5249/A
- Artigiana Foto at Via Bottenigo 14
- Giovanni Moracchiello at Via Edmondo de Amicis 7
- Cornici Ghetti Eleonora at Via Terraglio 123
- Arterìa Cornici e Dintorni at Via Giuseppe Verdi 14/b
Ferrari Bravo Frames has a passion for art and a professional approach to improving it with its frames since 1955.
For over fifty years Artigiana Foto has been a quality photo studio and framing shop in Marghera.
Giovanni Moracchiello specializes in local frame construction, sales, and frame supply.
Artera is a workshop where passion, creativity, experience, and technique are exhibited through the construction of custom-made frames, frame restoration and restyling, and other personalized and unique solutions for paintings, mirrors, showcases, items, and decorations.
In case you might be interested we have also written posts on:
- Florence Art Museums & Schools
- Milan Art Museums & Schools
- Rome Art Museums & Schools
- Vienna Art Museums & Schools
Have Fun Enjoying The Venice Art Scene
We just listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers near you. Those of you who stuck around this long might know a lot about the local art scene.
Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect. Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Venice!