Fondazione Querini Stampalia – Venice
Until September 29, every Sunday, free guided tours to celebrate the Foundation’s 150th anniversary
Fondazione Querini Stampalia is one of the most ancient cultural foundations in Italy.
Located in a 16th-century mansion in Venice city centre, it is also an important House-Museum donated to the city of Venice by Count Giovanni Querini Stampalia. The last descendant of the Querini Stampalia family wanted his real estate and personal belongings to be turned into a cultural institution hosting works of art and a huge late night Library open to everyone.
The museum can be visited all year long but in 2019, for Querini Stampalia’s 150th anniversary, every Sunday from June 23 to September 29, 2019, at 11 AM visitors have the chance to have a free guided tour in Italian (1 hour and a half).
There is no need to book the visit which includes the tour of the Museum, the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Area Scarpa and all the temporary exhibitions.
Modernized in the 60s by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa and the more recent ones by Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta, their interventions have contributed to give a strong, suggestive and functional image on the ground floor and on the garden of the sixteenth-century building.
On the first floor, there is the Querini Stampalia Library, with free access to citizens and tourists. It offers users 400.000 volumes, 32.000 of them can be consulted in the reading room, 260 magazines and journals and 18 local, national and international newspapers.
On the noble floor, the Museum hosts paintings, furniture, porcelain, fabrics and sculptures arrayed throughout the home to recreate the historical mansion of the noble Venetian family.
Apart from antique collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, stamps, seventeenth-century furniture, coins and tapestries, the Museum is enriched also with recent acquisitions such as the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection with the treasures of art belonging to Intesa Sanpaolo Bank.
Among the works, paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Bernardo Strozzi, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi and Gabriel Bella and a draft by Antonio Canova.
Museum, from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am > 6 pm
Library: from Tuesday to Saturday 10 am > 12 am
Sunday and holidays 10 am > 17 pm