Venetian Heritage, an international non-profit organisation with offices in Venice and New York, supports cultural projects through conservation, exhibitions, publications, conferences, academic study and research. Its aim is to increase awareness of the immense legacy of Venetian art in Italy and in those areas once part of the Republic of Venice.
Among the most important projects undertaken in Venice and supported by Venetian Heritage are: the cleaning of the façade of the Church of Gesuiti, the façade of the Church of San Zaccaria – one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture – and the restoration of the splendid Gothic altarpiece in gilded silver in the Church of San Salvador, a work also made possible through the support of the Maison Louis Vuitton.
With the support of Samsung and within the framework of the UNESCO-International Private Committees Joint Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice, Venetian Heritage has financed the installation of exhibition spaces in the first five halls in the new wing of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.
In Padua, Venetian Heritage, in collaboration with the Ca.Ri.Pa.Ro. Foundation, has financed the cleaning of the famous Cappella dell’Arca di Sant’Antonio in the Basilica of the same name.
Venetian Heritage has also begun a vast campaign of restoration in the territories that were once part of the Serenissima’s domain and has awarded numerous grants for the training of specialised restorers. The façade of the Trogir Cathedral in Croatia was restored in collaboration with the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles, as well as the Orsini Chapel (winning the 2003 Europa Nostra-European Community award for the year’s best restoration). In cooperation with a number of co-donors such as JTI Japan Tobacco International and the Regione del Veneto, Venetian Heritage has financed the restoration of the magnificent façade of the Cathedral of St. Mark on Korcula, an important Dalmatian island which was Venetian from 1200 to the fall of the Serenissima in 1797.
In Turkey, Venetian Heritage has funded the refurbishment of the fifteenth-century icon Panaghia Pausolypi in the Church of the Holy Trinity Monastery on the island of Halki.
In Albania it has financed, in collaboration with the Rothschild Foundation, preliminary research on the four Venetian fortresses of Butrint.
Venetian Heritage has also organised and financed various exhibitions including: Treasures of Croatia restored by Venetian Heritage (Venice, Church of San Barnaba); Tintoretto at the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome and The gilded silver altarpiece of San Salvador at the Bode Museum in Berlin. The Treasures of the Venice Ghetto, restored by Venetian Heritage have been exhibited in New York at Sotheby’s, at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, at the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro in Venice, at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and at the Art Gallery of West Australia in Perth as well as at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris.
Venetian Heritage, with the support of the maison Bulgari, has restored two paintings by Paolo Veronese from the church of San Pietro Martire in Murano. With the aim to promote Venetian art, Venetian Heritage has organised the exhibition Paintings from Murano by Paolo Veronese restored by Venetian Heritage with the support of Bulgari at the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia State Museum. The exhibition later moved to the Frick Collection in New York and to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Venetian Heritage has recently financed: the restoration of the sculptures portraying Mars, Adam and Eve, three fifteenth-century masterpieces by Antonio Rizzo, kept in the Museo di Palazzo Ducale in Venice; the restoration of the painting L’Indovina, by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta in the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia; the restoration of the portrait of Marcello Durazzo painted by Anthony van Dyck from the Ca’ d’Oro Museum in Venice.
Venetian Heritage is currently financing: the restoration of the altar piece by Giovanni Bellini picturing Madonna in Gloria con otto Santi, from the Church of San Pietro Martire in Murano; the setting up of room number 5 and room number 6 of the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia; the preliminary studies for the restoration of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice church in the island of Korcula (Croatia) and the restoration of the monumental Early Renaissance staircase built by Mauro Codussi in 1498 for the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Venetian Heritage has organised the exhibition Domus Grimani 1594-2019. The collection of classical sculptures reassembled in its original settings after four centuries (Venice, Palazzo Grimani, from May 2019 until May 2021). Venetian Heritage has funded the exhibition project thanks to the contribution of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in collaboration with Gagosian, and thanks to an anonymous donor, the Michelangelo Foundation and with the participation of Civita Tre Venezie.