The CORRER MUSEUM, situated in the Saint Mark’s Square, is the museum of the City of Venice. It illustrates the life and culture of the Venetian Republic over the centuries of its political grandeur and independence.
Its art collections include small bronzes from the late 15th century to the beginning of 17th century, maiolica-works and carved ivory; the extraordinary picture gallery shows primarily Venetian painting up to the 16th century such as Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, Cima da Conegliano, Lorenzo Lotto and many others. In the Correr Museum there is also an itinerary along the Imperial Apartments where the Empress Elizabeth of Austria resided during her visit in Venice.
Thanks to Friends of Venice Italy Inc. and Venice International Foundation support, the Correr Museum includes from late November 2015 five Neoclassical rooms fully dedicated to Antonio Canova.
The Canova project has involved the restoration, cleaning and reordering of the Correr’s holdings of Canova’s sculptures, plaster models, bozzetti, clay sketches, paintings and drawings. Apart from illustrating the role of Venetian patronage for Canova, the gallery also contains a remarkable piece of furniture, the Mobile Canova, a cabit conceived as a commemorative shrine containing mementoes of the artist, dedicated by Venetians, who saw him as the last great artist of the Republic but also as the first great artist of a still to be unified Italy and, more widely, of Europe itself.