Palazzo Pisani and Venice’s Conservatory


Palazzo Pisani di Santo Stefano, home to the “Benedetto Marcello” State Conservatory of Music, is one of Venice’s most fascinating buildings.

Built in 1614-1615 on Campo Santo Stefano, near Piazza San Marco, it was probably designed by architects Alvise Pisani and Bortolo da Venezia, and expanded towards the Canal Grande after over a century by Girolamo Frigimelica (also the author of the imposing Villa Pisani a Stra).

According to various sources, the huge structure welcomed many famous figures, who during their stay certainly enjoyed the now-lost rich art gallery that included works by Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Bassano and Palma the Elder. Today, Palazzo Pisani showcases stuccos, sculptures, decorations and paintings by a range of artists active between the late 1500s and the first half of the 1900s, such as Alessandro Vittoria, Girolamo Campagna, Francesco Zugno, Jacopo Guarana and Vittorio Emanuele Bressanin.

Inaugurated in 1867 as a concert society and music school, under the name “Società e Scuola musicale Benedetto Marcello”, the Venetian Conservatory has been headquartered in Palazzo Pisani since 1940.

Conservatorio di musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia
Sestiere di San Marco, 2810
Tel.: +39 041 522 5604
Fax: +39 041 523 9268

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May 22, 2019