Five best art sights in Venice

I went to one of the bedrocks of art old and new and was spoiled. However, I've whittled it down to my top five must-see sights in Venice...

Five best art sights in Venice

Trawling Google for the top art sights in Venice can be somewhat exhausting. So, I've decided to give you a Renaissance-rundown just to made your idyllic Italian mini-break run even smoother.

#1 - Ca' Rezzonico

Imagine gazing across Venetian rooftops, hazy in the noonday sun. Imagine ballrooms dripping with gold gilt. Imagine mazes of galleries filled with portraits.

Well, imagine no longer. Ca' Rezzonico brings you all this... Yes, and more. With views over the Grand Canal which grow more sumptuous with every floor you scale, I promise you this won't fail to impress.

Similar to a National Trust property back in Blighty, the house was bedecked as it would have been in its golden era. Each room contained English translations to help you understand the and marvel at the majesty of such an ostentatious, yet homely, abode.


#2 - Peggy Guggenheim Collection

In sharp contrast to Ca' Rezzonico, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection lends you an insight into the intriguing life of this bohemian New-Yorker's art collector.

The main collection is housed in a frost-white space sitting directly on the Grand Canal. Vibrant work from Jackson Pollock was refreshing after the abundant oilpaint at Ca' Rezzonico.

The exhibition space, through a courtyard still bursting with sculptures and tranquility, was at this time dedicated to Picasso. Even though I am not a fan of the cubist wonder, the museum's curators had, of course, created a breathtaking exhibition.

Peggy Guggenheim is the climax of modern interpretive art. You will adore it.


#3 - 'Support' by Lorenzo Quinn

The only way this sculpture can be consumed is by sitting cross-legged on the waterfront, just off the Rialto Market, fresh pizza in hand.

As part of the 2017 Venezia Biennale, the city's annual art festival, Quinn created this piece of installation art and, for me, it surpassed all others.

Two childlike alabaster hands rise from the water, supporting the pink waterfront house. Venice is sinking by 2mm a year and this art endeavours to raise awareness of climate change.

Striking and sepulchral, you can't wander pass this sculpture without a pang for the future generation.

#4 - Gallerie dell'Accademia

Would I really be providing an authentic guide if I failed too mention the vastest museum I have ever come across? This gallery will make you wish you lived five centuries ago, during the grips of the Renaissance.

If Catholic art is your game, then this museum has it tight. Hall after enormous hall is filled to bursting with glorious Madonna-and-christ portraits, gold gilt frames, and enormous paintings that will make you crumble afore their piousness and chastity.

My personal recommendation would be the 18th-century gallery, featuring Byron's busts and infamous Ottoman Emporers.

Warning: art in this location should be consumed over a length of time, or else viewer may suffer from severe post-Madonna dizziness.


#5 - Street Art (the stuff you can do yourself)

Venice has attracted the world's most incredible artists for centuries. And for good reason.

Whether it's through the medium of poetry, photography, sculpture or song, this ethereal floating city won't fail to inspire you.

Because we're young and love free art.

  • Image, "Annuncaition", courtesy of Lluis Ribes Mateu.


Sienna James

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Formerly Assistant Editor, Sienna now studies History of Art at the University of Cambridge and loves to write about the intersection of politics, history and visual art. Sienna is author of the Creative Education and Instaviews series.

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  • Luke Taylor

    On 3 January 2018, 10:32 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    Italy looks epic!!

  • Diana Walton

    On 8 January 2018, 10:42 Diana Walton Voice Team commented:

    Fabulous. I love the Peggy Guggenheim collection and have often been overwhelmed at the Accademia...Never visited Ca' Rezzonico so that's now on my list. I'd also recommend the Punta Della Dogana Museum of Modern Art - brilliant exhibitions of new work in the old customs building perched between the Grand Canal and Giudecca canal (so great views through the windows as well as the art!)

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