Place Category: Museums and Cultural Foundations
he library, designed by Jacopo Sansovino, was built and decorated between 1537 and 1560 on commission by the Procuratori di San Marco, to offer a worthy home to the Greek and Latin codexes donated to the Republic of Venice by Cardinal Bessarione in 1468.
Today, along with the Zecca, the former Mint that now houses the reading rooms, it is the monumental seat and part of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, which preserves precious manuscripts such as the sixteenth-century Breviario Grimani and Fra Mauro’s Map of the world, as well as antique books, including those of Aldo Manuzio.
On the first floor is the Vestibule, with the ceiling decorated by Titian’s painting of La Sapienza, and the Library, with a vaulted ceiling that constitutes a veritable “manifesto” of Venetian Mannerist painting, consisting of 21 tondi painted by seven artists selected for the occasion including Titian and Sansovino himself. The most famous are the three tondi by Paolo Veronese. The walls are decorated by canvases portraying the Philosophers, some of which were painted by Titian and Veronese.
Open: 1st April – 31st October 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (Last admission 6:00 pm) / 1st November – 31st March 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Last admission 4:00 pm)
Closing: 25th December and 1st January
Tickets: Venezia Unica City Pass ADULT, JUNIOR, SAN MARCO / St. Mark’s Square Museums pass / Museum Pass
Free admission | Only for Venezia FC Insider Pass International