The North Carolina Museum of Art has a fantastic collection of Italian art, with a number of works that take me to Venice every time I go to Raleigh to visit the museum. A while back, I wrote about the Canaletto Capriccio painting in the collection; here are a few more.
This lovely Madonna and Child in a Landscape is by Cima da Conegliano, painted around 1499 while the artist was living in Venice. This painting was featured on a US Christmas stamp in 1993.
Veronese's The Baptism of Christ, painted in 1550-60~
The Grand Canal at the Palazzo Foscari, painted in 1740 by Michele Marieschi~
This over-the-top painting makes me laugh every time I see it. It's The Triumph of Venice, painted in 1737 by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. A female figure representing Venice is driving the chariot pulled by two winged lions. Next to her is Renaissance doge Leonardo Loredan surrounded by a huge crowd of Roman Gods. You can glimpse the Palazzo Ducale in the background.
This work isn't Venetian or even Italian, but I think of Venice whenever I see it. The museum calls it Madonna of the Protective Cloak but to me, it's the Madonna della Misericordia whose image can be found all over Venice.
This wooden sculpture is about five feet tall, a German work circa 1470. It was given to the museum by NC tobacco company RJ Reynolds (go figure).
My photo has some glare from the glass case; the second image is better and is from the museum website. What a beauty!