Just Venice~


I will not lie. She is way too crowded, and these are some of the reasons why.

These are ceiling shots of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco which opened in 1478 and was named after the patron saint of plague victims. The scuola (school) was a brotherhood of citizens devoted to charitable welfare.

Tintoretto was eventually a member of the brotherhood, and his paintings cover much of the interiors.

How this happened is interesting. There was a competition among artists (including Veronese), to determine who would paint the interiors. They were asked to submit sketches. While the other artists busily worked on their sketches, Tintoretto, installed one of his completed paintings in the scuola. (1) The result is history!
Titian also has artwork here.

This is the adjacent Chiesa San Rocco, a Venetian version of a modest little chapel.

They take churches very seriously in Venice. There are 139 of them! They provide a weary tourist wonderful respite from “the madding crowd.”

Cheers to you from Venice and her stunning quiet corners~
(1) http://www.scuolagrandesanrocco.org/home-en/tintoretto/sala-dell-albergo/

137 thoughts on “Just Venice~

  1. Spellbinding, isn’t it? There’s something about those Italians! Reminds me so much of my lovely Florence trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ But I could get very cross about cruise ships, Cindy.

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    • Of course you could. I remember being in the Sistine Chapel with my children and just lazing away part of the day there. Fast forward ten years and people were packed in like sardines, you couldn’t move and it was actually unsafe, not to mention totally horrible.

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