Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice.
The churches throughout Venice are literally filled with so many amazing pieces of art that they are more like museums. Venice, being a republic where individual glory was strictly subservient to that of the State, the commission of artwork became a way of celebrating or enhancing social prestige. Wealthy, Noble families as well as small co-ops of citizens of a more modest social standing could commission altarpieces in the Venetian churches hoping to secure a place in Heaven. The wealthy associations, however, enjoyed the luxury of the more prestigious sites. Their quarters were small-scale versions of the Doge’s Palace, lavishly adorned with artistic masterpieces.
Our tour takes you through the wonderful Frari Church and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, with works by Tintoretto, Bellini, Titian and Vivarini. Here we will journey into the depths of one’s soul, where fear of Hell and the nightmare of the Plague were all too real. Venetians sought to legitimize their wealth and love for life on earth.