It’s hardly revelatory to say that Venice is spectacular and unreal. So when you visit Venice, one of the best things to do is just wander around, embrace the otherwordly scenery, sit for hours in a piazza with your coffee, and absorb it all. And while there are traditional sights in Venice–the Doge’s Palace, San Marco, overpriced gondola rides–at least as far as I’m aware, most people don’t visit Venice with a list of “must-see” museums that they need to hit up. In some ways, that’s GOOD. But let me present to you the reasonably sized, reasonably attended Galleria Accademia as my first foray into Italian museums during this Museum Month the Sequel with a Vengeance in Italy.
Like so much of Venice the Accademia is housed in a crumbly, poorly climate controlled Renaissance building that has a fascinating history all its own and is also really, really, really humid. It’s charming.
And the best thing about the Accademia? The paaaaaaintingssssss. They have an astonishing collection of pre-19th century Venetian painting. And without getting into the nitty gritty of the differences between Italian Renaissance/Baroque painting from Venice and not from Venice, suffice it to say it has to do with the colors. The colors in Venetian paintings are really, really, really good.
And the St. Ursula cycle is there. WINNING.