For an exhibit focused on the music and life of composer Antonio Vivaldi, the orphanage and church where he worked still exists today.
The museum, Piccolo Museo della Pieta 'Antonio Vivaldi', chronicles the history of the Ospedale della Pieta, the orphanage where Vivaldi worked from 1703 to 1740 as the chorus master and violin teacher to the orphans. Here, he composed much of his music for the church orchestra. The museum displays original documents and the musical instruments used by the women of the choir, the students of the orphanage, and by Vivaldi himself.
The church holds regular services as well as presents programs of Baroque music. It even has a boarding house where guests can stay the night. The museum can be visited by appointment only.
In addition, to Ospedale della Pieta, the Giorgio Cini Foundation maintains manuscripts of Antonio Vivaldi on San Giorgio Maggiore.
Born in Venice in 1678, Antonio Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque music composers. Vivaldi is best known for his violin concerto The Four Seasons.
Concerts of Vivaldi's work are held throughout the year in Venice.