CategoryDecorative Arts, Historic House, History
Good To KnowOpen also Mondays
Specialisation13th- to 16th-century Tuscan and Ferrarese paintings
The Palazzo Cini Gallery is a museum house in Venice, located between the Accademia Galleries and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The former residence of Vittorio Cini (1885–1977) – an Italian industrialist and philanthropist – this 16th-century gothic-style palazzo contains a significant part of his impressive art collection.
The Gallery was established through a donation by Vittorio’s daughter, Yana Cini Alliata di Montereale (1924-1989). In 1981 she presented the Giorgio Cini Foundation with part of her father’s collection and some rooms of the Palazzo Grimani, acquired by Cini with the adjacent Palazzo Foscari in 1919 and 1920.
The first floor, or Piano Nobile, is furnished with antiques and artworks including 13th- to 16th-century paintings from the Tuscan school as well as fine examples of Ferrarese Renaissance painting. Visitors can view masterpieces by Botticelli, Pontormo and Piero di Cosimo among others. On display are also fine ceramics, porcelain – including a 275-piece set by Cozzi – enamels, gold-work, Murano glass, terracotta sculptures and period furniture, including a rare 14th-century Sienese marriage-chest and an 18th-century Neapolitan sedan-chair.