Venice Architecture and Art

What am I doing?

From my research, I’ve found that both the architecture and artwork found within Venice dates back centuries. Both books Venice (Art & Architecture) by Marion Kaminski, and Elements of Venice by Giulia Foscari, played a great part within my research.

Renaissance Art in Italy

The renaissance period marks a time within Europe soon after the middle ages. This time period saw a resurgence of work within  classical learning derivative of classical Rome and Greece. The 14th century saw the emergence of the distinct painting/ sculpting commonly associated with this time period; the late 15th/ 16th centuries marked the period in which the most significant painters of the time (Michelangelo, Da Vinci, AND Raphael) created their works. Many of the paintings during this time consisted of religious figures as a form of admiration.

I’ve always had a keen interest for this style of art due to the beautiful highlights and natural lighting used during the process of the painting. The use of oil paint allows an artist painting in this style to create beautifully blended artwork- especially when depicting humans. Whilst focusing on artists in his style and also generic renaissance art work, I feel that I could recreate this famous easthetic when trying to peresent the city as a model.

Venetian Artists

Below is a list of artists I’ve found to be of significance to Venice and it’s art world.

San Stae: Battista Piazzetta

A more recognised display of art work can be found in a church named San Stae (San Eustachio). In 1709, in order to design the building’s facade, a tender was held. Domencio Rossi was chosen as master builder from a group of 12 entrants. The venue is typically used today as a music venue due to its good acoustics. Artist’s Tiepolo and Piazzetta were responsible more painting the inside of the building . Two of these more popular paintings by Battista Piazzetta were named: Martyrdom of St. James the Great (1722) and Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew (1722-23). Piazzetta was considered one of the “tenebrists” who commonly painted darker figures whilst also using brown tones. Additionally, in 1722 th church invited 12 Venetian artists to decorate the building whilst all painting the martyrdom of one of the apostles.


Paulo Veronese: The Madonna of the house of Coccina (1571)
cima da conegliano

Renaissance Art Tutorial

To recreate the style of this art period within my own work, I decided to do some research in how I could recreate my own studies in this style.

Venison Architects

The architects references in this particular section of my blog come straight from the book ‘Venice’ by Marion Kaminski.

Similarly to it’s art, Venice has a rich history and popularity due to it’s renaissance era buildings. Many of these buildings are quite old, dating back to this period (with buildings in the book ‘Venice’ dating back to 1500s). Due to the setting of Venice, the city took great influence of style from others parts of Europe. A significant trait of Venice’s buildings are there Gothic style which has resulted in their use of frill/lace-like decoration on buildings but also the magnitude and variation of style used within arches in the city.

List of famous architects in the city:

  • Jacopo Sansovino
  • Guglielmo Bergamasco
  • Vincenzo Scamozzi    
  • Palladio

Images of Buildings

The Mar LibrARY
The Marciana Library by Jacopo Sansovino

Photographer: Marjorie OchGuglielmo Bergamasco

Villa comunale di Portogruaro by Guglielmo Bergamasco

Villa Pisani by Vincenzo Scamozzi

By Palladio

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Architecture Building References




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