Scuola Grande di San Rocco : Michelin's recommendations
It is the richest and the most prestigious of the great scuole of Venice. Decorated with Baroque marble and wood sculptures by Francesco Pianta, inside you will find an exceptional collection of paintings by Tintoretto, painted from 1564 to 1587, which on their own justify that you cross the city to see them! The exterior is an elegant Renaissance facade incrusted with polychrome marble. It housed a powerful brotherhood whose goal it was to fight against the plague epidemics, and that did everything in their power to ensure that the relics of Saint Rock be transferred from Montpellier to Venice: -this was done in 1485. After which, it was of course necessary to built a school worthy of this name. Bartolomeo Bon took on this task initially, and was soon thereafter replaced by Sante Lombardo and, finally by Scarpagnino. Then it was necessary to decorate the albergo: famous Venetian artists participated in the competition, but Tintoretto was chosen and was awarded the project. During your visit you will see several of the painter's series: in the Albergo Hall, paintings dating from 1564 to 1567 with an impressive Crucifixion. In the Chapter Hall, you will find the Old Testament (on the ceiling) and the New Testament (on the walls). In the Hall on the ground floor, the third series painted between 1583 and 1687, its central theme being the Virgin, and which privileged light and lyrical inspiration.