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The true voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in opening new eyes.

Marcel Proust

Venice is a city where we may live, walk and breathe, but never find the time to pause. It takes time to notice the silent “wonders” always around us, keeping pace with our steps, Ruskin’s beloved “Stones of Venice”, intriguing presences in the city that Calvino called Esmeralda, where no line is straight, all are mellow zigzags that branch in meandering variants.
In 2017 we abandon the lecture room and set off on a voyage, Proust's “true voyage of discovery that consists not in seeking new lands, but in opening new eyes”, eyes ready to rediscover what, in our daily lives, we have overlooked … but not for long.

Diverse Origins
The Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, Murano, and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello

The Cathedral of Murano, a fascinating and rare example of Veneto-Byzantine architecture, is distinctive for its main apse that evokes an embroidery abounding with grace, for its balance between solids and voids. The Church of Santa Maria Assunta was founded in Torcello in the 7th century, and is the oldest ‘document’ in Venetian history.

The Golden Age of Venice
The Basilica of SS. Giovanni e Paolo and the Scuola Grande di San Marco

The Basilica of SS. Giovanni e Paolo is the pantheon of the sculptural glory of the Most Serene Republic, from the Mocenigo Doges to Doge Andrea Vendramin, with works by the Lombardo that create a dialogue with magnificent paintings in the nearby Scuola Grande di San Marco by, among others, Palma il Giovane and Tintoretto.

The Enlightened Tradition of Patronage
The Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore and Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore is a masterpiece by Palladio. It also includes a number of important paintings, such as the revolutionary Last Supper by Tintoretto and the Adoration of Shepherds by Bassano. No less numerous are the wonders to be found in the Monastery, the Cloister of the Cypresses by Buora, the 'Manica Lunga', and the grand stairway by Longhena. None of these would be accessible today without the invaluable work of the Fondazione Cini, which has helped to renew the noble Venetian art of preservation for the future.

The Glittering Art of Mosaic
The Basilica of San Marco

The Basilica of San Marco is undeniably the most iconic symbol of Venice. Although we may have 'seen' it dozen of times, we will have the opportunity this time to admire it with the appropriate calm, and to view its art and history in an unforgettable private evening tour.


The classes will be repeated twice per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. See participation form.

Booking available from Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
The lessons are in Italian.
Registration is required and places are limited. It is not possible to book one single lesson of the cycle.


The participation fee DOES NOT INCLUDE entrance ticket to the Basilica dei SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
Members of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: 120 euro
Not Members: 160 euro
Owner of Guggenheim Young Pass: 60 euro
Teacher of any rank or grade: 130 euro, subject to presentation of document issued by the school or institute.

Membership Office
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Dorsoduro 701 – 30123 Venice
Tel. +39 041 2405440/429

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