Built at the end of the 14th century and finished in the 15th century, this is a wonderful little stop while walking through the San Polo district of Venice. You first enter the courtyard of the Scuola through a beautiful gateway created by Pietro Lombardo topped by an eagle pediment and a frieze of leaf sprays, the symbol of the patron saint of this Scuola, San Giovanni Evangelista. The entryway was also the subject of a John Singer Sargent painting. The first floor hall is somewhat plain, merely a large room with a dark wood ceiling and several columns dividing the room up the middle. To get to the 2nd floor you walk up a grande staircase designed by Codussi. The 2nd floor hall is the real reason to stop in. The hall is a large room with many beautiful paintings by Tintoretto, Palme il Giovane, and Tiepolo covering the wails and the ceiling. The hall is headed by the altar created by Giorgio Massari featuring San Giovanni Evangelista. The Scuola is bit off of the tourist path, which makes it is nice place to take some quiet time to relax, sit back, and admire the works of some of the great Venetian artists.
The Scuola is only open on Sundays and Mondays for self-guided tours. During the rest of the week, ballets and concerts are held here to which tickets are available online. The cost for a tour is 2,50 euro per person for entry. You are given a sheet of paper that gives some history of the building and includes a plan of the paintings in the 2nd floor hall that tells you who the artist was and the name of the painting.
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