Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

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    Scuola Grande di San Rocco

    by MM212 Updated Aug 23, 2009

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    Founded in 1478 by benevolent Venetians as a Catholic Confraternity, la Scuola Grande di San Rocco takes its name from the neighbouring Chiesa di San Rocco. The actual building was commissioned in the 16th century and built in a Renaissance style with an intricately decorated, polychrome marble façade. The design was the work of several architects, including Bartolomeo Bon, who also worked on la Chiesa di San Rocco. The famous Venetian artist, Jacopo Tintoretto was assigned the work of decorating its sumptuous interior. Nowadays, la Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a museum containing masterpieces by the same artist Jacopo Tintoretto.

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    by sandysmith Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    Not a big one for art galleries but we made a point of visiting this one during our 2005 visit - another VT tip kindled my interest in it plus its a good place to escape the midday sun in the height of summer. The Scuola Grande di Rocco is a beautiful building externally with its columns and coloured marble inserts and its profusions odf decorations - see if you can spot the elephants like we did (click for extra pics please). Made a change from lions!
    Inside the walls are dedicated to the masterpieces of Tintoretto - huge biblical scenes which were of great interest to us - his main masterpiece is the crucifxion scene. The ceilings are high and the rooms huge - we were glad to make use of the mirrors to stop us craning our necks.
    There is an entrance fee - 6 euros I think - but we were glad to visit this one.

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    Two Marys in Tintoretto Heaven

    by JetlagCity Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is filled to the brim with Tintorettos, and a richly vibrant "Annunciation" by Titian, too. Scuolas weren't schools, but more like guilds or civic organizations. Scuolas with money commissioned great artists to paint their walls, and now this one has become a museum. It's not big, but every inch is covered with interesting scenes to look at.

    The dramatic paintings upstairs are the big draw, but my favorites are two moody landscapes by Tintoretto, one with Mary Magdalen and one with Saint Mary of Egypt. They're at the back of the ground floor. The color, light, and water in both render them very poetic. You can buy postcards of your favorites in the little shop on the ground floor.

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    Scuola Grande Di San Rocco

    by diageva Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    This was a great surprise ... my first day ... after visiting Frari I did walk around and find this building ... I went near to see what was about ... the downs stairs was not very impressive for me ... but the top floors are just incredible ... this is a really must see
    The decoration inside is magnificent. The fresh paints of the walls and ceilings ... the paints at frames ... Tintoreto, Bellini .... great

    I didn't notice and did get inside without paying ... but after I saw that the price was 5,5 euros. :)))) sorry ....

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    by Mahieu Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    This was one of the highlights of my Venice visit! Built in the first half of the 16th century, the Guildhall of San Rocco is the home of an extraordinary collection of paintings from Tintoretto. On the ground floor you can see his paintings of the New Testament. The upper floor and the ceiling are dedicated to scenes from the Old Testament.
    Even if you're not into paintings that much, you should still see this, the wealth of this building is truly amazing!
    There are free mirrors available to walk through the halls to admire the beautiful painted ceiling!

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    Scuola Grande S. Rocco

    by mapakettle Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    sometimes refered to Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel

    I am not one for art work, and don't pretend to know very much, so when I say I was impressed, accept it as gospel.

    Impressed is hardly important enough of a word. We have seen so much art throughout Italy, that it has become a blur, and sadly, I have become immune to the sights.

    This place was wonderful. Forget the main floor, just a bunch of cracked pottery, however the walls of the assembly hall are adorned with a series on the life of the Virgin Mary.

    The second floor is amazing, beginning with the sweeping stairway designed by Antonio Scarpagnino, with floor to ceiling artwork...huge in scope.

    The sala Grande Superiore has over 50 paintings all done by Tintoretto, a brash artist scorned by masters in his earlier days, and considered to be too 'quick' to pick up his brush and begin creating. His speed and ability to format his paintings in his minds eye was incomprehendible to other artists of his day. It is mind boggling to think one man created these master pieces.

    Mind you, it took him twenty three years to do it. Probably a government job. What, two paintings a year...whooppee!! The other guys must have been real slugs.

    Seriously though, his paintings are incredible. He uses a wonderful technique of creating light above specific areas within the work that he wants attention drawn towards. His detail, fantastic, especially on his largest work Crucifixion. My eyes were immediately drawn to a whip which appeared to me to be in 3D.

    The walls, as well as the ceilings are filled with artwork, and many pieces sit on easels cordorned off by rope. What really caught my eye however were the fantastic wood carvings adorning the walls circling the great rooms.

    Price for admission was 5.50 euro, which included a portable audioguide which described each piece in great detail.

    Worth a visit, trust me...

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    Scuola Grande S. Rocco

    by AgentJX Written Sep 28, 2002

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    One of the more unique places to visit in Venice if you are interested in classical art, the Scuola Grande S. Rocco contains 56 works by Tintoretto over a two-story building. These works are truly amazing and cover the walls, ceiling and staircase of the building. Those in charge of the Scuola have thoughtfully have included stacks of small mirrors so it is possible to look at the ceiling art without hurting your neck. Although this place might not be the most well know stop in Venice it is well worth the price of admission.

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    Scuola Grande di San Rocco

    by Chamsa Written Sep 8, 2002

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    This School was built in the 1515 became famous for it's Tintoretto's paintings that remained here for more than twenty years and that represented the masterpieces of Venetian painting between the Renaissance and Mannerism. Besides, here are kept works by Giorgione, Tiziano e Tiepolo.

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