Querini Stampalia Foundation
The Querini Stampalia Foundation is located in Venice in a sixteenth-century palace on the water: inside the architectural spaces of Carlo Scarpa , Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta are the setting for concerts, meetings, exhibitions, workshops, special events: windows wide open to the world , with a look at the history and the collections. The Querini Stampalia Foundation was commissioned in 1869 by the last descendant of the family, Count Giovanni, a cultured and philanthropist.
The library has been enriched over time. It has almost 400,000 volumes , 36,000 of which are directly accessible in the rooms, open according to the founder's will until late at night and even on holidays. Among the collections an ancient nucleus of manuscripts, incunabula and sixteenth century, atlases and geographical maps , which together with the private archive of the Querini Stampalia family, provide precious historical evidence of Venice and its territory.
The museum house seems to be still inhabited, a model of a patrician residence with original furnishings and rich art collections: Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Bernardo Strozzi, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, glimpses of life Venetian by Pietro Longhi and Gabriel Bella. Over four hundred paintings, from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, mostly of the Venetian school.
The Querini Stampalia Foundation has recently been enriched with a new, precious section: the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, set up in the spaces redesigned by the architect Michele De Lucchi . It is the historical and artistic heritage gathered over time by the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, founded in 1822. In the succession of rooms, the public can admire works of art from the Venetian sphere from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, ranging from painting to sculpture, from furnishings to watches, from drawings to engravings.
Of particular note are two paintings by Canaletto , the large sketch of the Paradise by Domenico Tintoretto and that of the Last Judgment by Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as works by great masters of the Venetian school up to Caffi and Ciardi . Among the sculptures works by Arturo Martini and Alberto Viani .
The bureau-trumeau, the desks, the consoles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the mirrors , among which an example of Murano manufacture of the seventeenth century that is striking for its complex workmanship and size are significant.
A refined bookshop, a cozy café, the secret garden with its oriental suggestions. An unusual Venice, where to experience the emotion of art and beauty.