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Art from the 1800s to the present

Carlo Scarpa's Biennale ticket booth (1952)

Whatever artistic spirit remained at the end of the 18th century evaporated after Napoleon. More was demolished than built in the 19th century – 49 churches bit the dust, and the splendid art that adorned them was dispersed to various galleries or simply destroyed.

One of the few names to drift down is that of Gian Antonio Selva, designer of La Fenice opera house. Foreigners such as Turner drifted in to paint the city, while John Ruskin wrote his Stones of Venice, which to his dismay didn’t educate his readers in the glories and pitfalls of architecture as much as begin a trend for ogival arches in Manchester.

But thousands were inspired to come and see the real thing, and when sea bathing became popular, the Lido was developed with its outrageous eclectic hotels, notably the Grand Hôtel des Bains—the setting for Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (1912). Another attraction was the great international art exhibits of the Biennale, inaugurated in 1895, and still one of the most prestigious in Europe. Over the years the Biennale would spawn offshoots in music, film and most recently architecture that bring visitors back over and over again.

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1797 and onwards

Just Another Provincial Capital


Biannual explosions of art & architecture

Ca' Pesaro

With the Museums of Modern and Oriental Art

Casa Museo Andrich

Dreamy idyll on Torcello

Giorgio de Chirico

Master of the Metaphysical

Dogana di Mare (Punta della Dogana)

Venice's customs house, now filled with contemporary art

Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa

Promoting young artists in Venice

Fortuny Tessuti Artistici

Workshop and Showroom

Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderno

19th and 20th century art, in Cà Pesaro

Giardini Pubblici

Venice's park

Giudecca 795 Art Gallery

Contemporary art and design haven across the canal

Magazzini del Sale (Salt Warehouses)

Now the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova

Giorgio Morandi

Master of Stillness

Palazzo Fortuny

Former home of designer Mariano Fortuny

Palazzo Grassi

Neoclassical Palace of Contemporary Art

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Pure delight

Ponte della Costituzione (Calatrava)

Venice's controversial 'Carpet of Light'

Santa Maria della Vittoria

Venice's memorial to the First World War

Carlo Scarpa

Venice's great 20th century architect and designer

Emilio Vedova

Self-taught revolutionary

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Seier & Seier, Creative Commons License