Lotto’s masterpiece in Venice for seven more weeks

  VENICE - Lorenzo Lotto's masterpiece, which arrived from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna will exceptionally remain at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, until April 11. It was fist exhibited on Oct. 16 2020, a few weeks before the museums closed, and it attracted the attention of many visitors,

  The loan of the “Sacred Conversation with Saints Catherine and Thomas”(1526-28) had already been extended until Feb. 21, so it has now been further extended. Thanks to the collaboration of the two institutions, it will now be possible to discover this Renaissance masterpiece for another seven weeks.

  The Gallerie dell'Accademia, which received 3350 visitors from Feb. 8 to 22, will continue to offer in-depth guided tours, which have always been sold out. They are now launching the "Thursdays in the museum!" initiative. Every Thursday, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., from Feb. to April 1, works from the world's largest collection of Venetian art will be explored with the museum's curators and staff. The appointments are always free of charge, included in the entrance ticket, and take place with a fixed start, with bookings directly at the ticket office on the day of the meetings (it is not possible to book on previous days) for a limited number of people, in compliance with anti-Covid regulations.

  "Lotto's stay is a further positive signal both for our public and for the consolidation of relations with prestigious international realities. The painting had, in fact, come to Venice as part of the initiative "A masterpiece for Venice", initially conceived following the damage caused by the high water levels of Nov. 12 2019 and then by that of the pandemic, to resume, in such a delicate historical moment, those cultural exchanges without which the enhancement of heritage would not be possible,” says director Giulio Manieri Elia.

  The museum is open from Monday to Friday (closed on Saturdays and Sundays, as per government regulations), with the usual opening hours: Monday from 8.15 am to 2.15 pm, Tuesday to Friday from 8.15 am to 7.15 pm (the ticket office closes one hour before). Access does not necessarily require a reservation and is subject to all safety regulations.