Venice and the Ancient
The National Archaeological Museum of Venice
Venice and the Ancient
The VENEZIA E L’ANTICO project highlights the link between the Venetian Republic and classical antiquity through a special viewpoint: the phenomenon of collecting of which the works of the National Archaeological Museum are the most evident expression of this concept. The initiative intends to enhance the collections of the Museum in the historical and cultural context of Venice, especially in the Marciano area (St Marks's Square). Architecture, figurative culture and crafts that flourished in Venice from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century are permeated by models of antiquity, some of which are recognizable among the Greek-Roman sculptures, the portrait busts of the Caesars, the reliefs with battle and mythological scenes, gems and luxury goods, all of which have been a source of inspiration for Venetian artists and craftsmen. Among the works of the Museum we recognize the style of important sculptors who worked in Venice, such as Tiziano Aspetti, Tullio Lombardo and his workshop, Alessandro Vittoria up to Antonio Canova, from whom the same collectors had commissioned restorations and repropositions of ancient sculptures. During the course of 2021 and 2022, the museum will offer new guided itineraries, virtual exhibitions, seminar meetings to raise the visitor’s awareness of the archaeological collections in the historical and cultural context of the Venetian Republic of the sixteenth century, date of origin of the public statuary collections, due to the legacy of Domenico and Giovanni Grimani. As part of the project, a series of meetings will also be proposed for cultural operators and city associations. Specific training courses will be offered for licensed tourist guides specialized in tours for people with hearing or visual impairments with the aim of expanding the cultural offer of the Museum to multiple audiences. The experiences that the Museum has already developed for visually impaired visitors will be enhanced and updated. The project will make use of the partnership of university institutes through agreements already in place and which are being finalized with the Universities of Venice Cà Foscari and Iuav and with the University of Padua.