Palazzo Ducale

Past exhibitions

VITTORE CARPACCIO. Paintings and drawings

March 18, 2023

From March 2023, an exhibition dedicated to the paintings of Vittore Carpaccio: the very essence of ‘Venetian-ness’, namely the pageantry and mythology of the Serenissima Republic at its economic and cultural peak. […]

ANSELM KIEFER Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po' di luce (Andrea Emo)

March 26, 2022

With Anselm Kiefer contemporary art will be coming to the Palazzo Ducale, with an exhibition that is set to be the centrepiece of the fifth edition of MUVE Contemporaneo […]

VENETIA 1600. Births and rebirths

September 4, 2021

From September 2021 at Doge’s Palace an exhibition
 offers an unprecedented reading of the history of the Serenissima, that identifies an innovative interpretative model with its concept of birth and rebirth to decipher its past, and for reflecting on a possible, optimistic future of the city. […]

FROM TITIAN TO RUBENS. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish Collections

September 5, 2019

From 5 September 2019 the magnificent Doge’s apartments will be transformed into veritable ‘constkamers’, rooms filled with exquisite art demonstrating the riches of Flemish collections, with masterpieces by artists including Titian, Rubens, van Dyck and Sweerts. […]


February 23, 2019

From 23 February 2019 at Doge’s Palace an exhibition dedicated to eighteenth-century Venice with its lights and shadows unfolds through the rooms of Palazzo Ducale, in the story of an extraordinary century and its protagonist: Giovanni Antonio Canal, Canaletto. […]

Exhibition | TINTORETTO 1519-1594

September 7, 2018

The exhibition in the Doge’s Apartment – curated by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, under the consultative direction of Gabriella Belli – contains around seventy of Tintoretto’s paintings, including his large canvases. […]

JOHN RUSKIN. The stones of Venice

March 10, 2018

John Ruskin “returns” to Venice in a major exhibition which focuses on the artist and on his relationship with the lagoon city. A central figure in the nineteenth-century international art scene, a writer, painter and art critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900) had a very strong bond with Venice, to which he dedicated his most famous literary work, “The stones of Venice”. Find out more […]

Porto Marghera 100 | Exhibition

November 4, 2017

The exhibition in the Doge’s Palace aims to illustrate the key role that Porto Marghera exerted on the territory of Venice and the mainland and on its manufacturing and economic history, as well as on the social and cultural history of the country. […]


September 9, 2017

Several exceptional jewels, including “The Idol’s Eye”, the largest blue diamond in the world, selected from the collection of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani of the Qatari royal family. […]

DOUGLAS GORDON. Gente di Palermo! | exhibition

May 13, 2017

Douglas Gordon (Glasgow 1966) presents in Venice the world premiere of his video installation “Gente di Palermo!” (People from Palermo), which includes a reassembled home movie he shot in the Cupuchin Catacombs in Palermo, an underground cemetery which houses thousands of exposed embalmed corpses. […]


February 18, 2017

On view 3 Bosch masterpieces, the only preserved in Italy, and other 50 contextual works to retrace the link between the great visionary Master and Venice […]


June 19, 2016

The exhibition “Venice, the Jews and Europe”, organised to mark the fifth centenary of the institution of the Venice Ghetto, describes the circumstances that underlie the origins, creation and transformations of the first ‘enclosure’ for Jews in the world. The exhibition aims to provide the many visitors to the lagoon city with an increased awareness of the cultural diversity that existed in cosmopolitan Venice at the beginning of the sixteenth century, including the combination of knowledge, skills and traditions that still remain its most important heritage. […]

WATER AND FOOD IN VENICE. A history of the Lagoon and the City

September 26, 2015

Coinciding with EXPO 2015 and its key theme “Feeding the planet. Energy for Life”, from September 26, 2015 to February 14, 2016, the evocative rooms of the Doge’s Apartment in the Doge’s Palace will host a detailed, heterogeneous exhibition dedicated to Venice and the complex network of support systems that the city acquired over the centuries so it could develop, grow and prosper. […]

HENRI ROUSSEAU. Archaic candour

March 6, 2015

Produced by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE the highly awaited exhibition about Henri Rousseau comes at Palazzo Ducale in Venice. Showing over one hundred works from the most important international institutions, the exhibition will guide the attention of the Doge’s Apartments visitors on the comparison between the “Douanier” and the great protagonists between late nineteenth century and the period the Vanguards,. The exhibition is organised with the special collaboration of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the patronage of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna. […]

PER IL BENE DELLA PACE. Il lungo cammino verso l’Europa dalla pace di Bologna alla Dichiarazione dei diritti dell’uomo (1530-1789)

October 25, 2014

On the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July 1 to December 31), the exhibition “Per il bene della Pace. Il lungo cammino verso l’Europa dalla pace di Bologna alla Dichiarazione dei diritti dell’uomo (1530-1789)” celebrates peace as the supreme value of European culture. Visit the exhibition set up in the Chamber of the Scrutinio by buying the entrance ticket of Palazzo Ducale. […]


January 26, 2014

In the renovated space of the Doge’s Apartment in Palazzo Ducale, the exhibition aims to tell – through works from the prestigious collections of the Museo Correr, its library and its drawing cabinet, prints and numismatics – the historical evolution of this symbol, which returns in paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, coins, medals and insignia of traditional power, in memory of the extraordinary life of a world collapsed in 1797 and later immortalized in the size of the myth. […]


From September 28, 2013 to April 27, 2014

Through a precoius collection, the exhibition aims to illustrate the excellent diplomatic relations between the Serenissima and Safavid Persia at the time of Shah Abbas the Great (1587-1629) […]

MANET. Return to Venice

From April 24 to September 1, 2013

EXTENDED TILL 1st SEPTEMBER 2013 “Manet. Return to Venice”: about 80 paintings, drawings and prints, and has been planned with the special collaboration of the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, which possesses the largest number of masterpieces by this extraordinary painter […]

VENETIAN FORTRESSES in Mediterranean Sea

From March 8 to September 22, 2013

Displayed in the seat of the Serenissima’s “power”, and making use of the interesting documents loaned from the Gabinetto di Cartografia (Maps Cabinet) and Library of Museo Correr, the exhibition reconstructs the Venetian military defence systems and fortresses of the Stato da Mar. […]


From October 12, 2012 to March 3, 2013

The autumn dossier exhibition will instead be dedicated to the vast collection of illuminated manuscripts of the Doges’ Promissio and Commissions […]


From May 18 to August 30, 2012

In tribute to the America’s Cup, more than 50 rare examples of marine cartography dating from the 14th to the 18th century […]


From February 24 to May 6, 2012

The fine prints drawn by Canaletto and engraved by Giambattista Brustolon, well-known even to the general public, but their interest here lies in the fact that most of the subjects show scenes within the Doge’s Palace […]


From October 1, 2011 to January 22, 2012

The thousand-year old relationship between Venice and Egypt narrated for the first time ever through more than 300 works […]


From July 28 to November 25, 2007

After Paris and New York, this large-scale exhibition dedicated to the relationship between Venice and the world of Islam arrives in the city itself […]

TINTORETTO’S PARADISO. Artists competing for a commission at the Doge’s Palace

From September 9 to December 3, 2006

The exhibition covers the commission for what is the largest canvas painting in the world: the Paradiso in the Great Council Chamber of the Doge’s Palace […]