Ospedale degli Incurabili

former hospital building and music conservatory in Venice; current seat of the Accademia di belle arte di Venezia

The Ospedale degli Incurabili is a hospital building in Venice. It was built in the sixteenth century. Now it is used by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.

Ospedale degli Incurabili
Ospedale degli incurabili
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The former hospital in 2017
General information
LocationFondamenta delle Zattere, Venice
CountryItaly
Coordinates45°25′43″N 12°19′50″E / 45.4286°N 12.3305°E / 45.4286; 12.3305Coordinates: 45°25′43″N 12°19′50″E / 45.4286°N 12.3305°E / 45.4286; 12.3305
Current tenantsAccademia di Belle Arti di Venezia
Design and construction
ArchitectJacopo Sansovino

HistoryEdit

The hospital was built by Gaetano da Thiene. At first it was a hospital for sick people who can not be cured. Later, it became an orphanage. A church was built on the hospital's courtyard in 1565. The church was closed in 1831. It was later destroyed.

MusicEdit

The Incurabili was known for its musicians. The girls of the Incurabili were taught music. Their performances are known internationally. Charles Burney, Goethe, Johann Joachim Quantz and Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote about the concerts in the Incurabili. Johann Adolf Hasse was the maestro di capella of the Incurabili. He wrote church music for the Incurabili.