Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia information

Venice , Italy
Getting there
Ferry: San Zaccaria
adult/reduced €10/8, Carlo Scarpa garden €8
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Located in the first floor apartments of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia, this museum reflects the 18th-century tastes and interests of the count: beneath the stuccoed ceilings you'll find rich furnishings and tapestries, Meissen and Sèvres porcelain, marble busts and some 400 paintings. Of these, many are dynastic portraits and conversation pieces, such as Alessandro and Pietro Longhi's genre scenes of masked balls, gambling dens and 18th-century bon vivants .

The clear standout in the collection is Giovanni Bellini's arresting Presentation of Jesus at the Temple , where the hapless child looks like a toddler mummy, standing up in tightly wrapped swaddling clothes. Other engaging pieces are the 39 winningly naïve Scenes of Public Life in Venice by Gabriele Bella (1730–99), which document scenes of the city and its customs during the period. Although rather crude in their realisation, the subject matter – a football game in Sant'Alvise, the frozen lagoon in 1708, the courtesans race on the Rio de la Sensa – is fascinating.