Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The popularity of the cult of St. Roch, whose remains had been in the possession of the brotherhood since 1485, contributed to the latter’s rapid expansion to the extent of it becoming the richest Scuola of the city. At that point it was decided to build a new monumental headquarters and engage Tintoretto to decorate it with his most celebrated pictorial cycle, illustrating episodes from the New and Old Testaments. It is the only one of the historic Scuole Grandi to have survived the fall of the republic. It is a unique site, where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting in a building that has hardly undergone any alteration since its construction. The confraternity is still active today, carrying out its traditional charitable duties as well as looking after its extraordinary artistic patrimony.
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Neighborhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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4RichardV
Birmingham, UK21 contributions
Masterpiece!
Oct 2021
To me this is the most incredible place I have ever visited -it moved me so much that had to write a review -it is surely one of the greatest pieces of Art work anywhere in the World and Venice’s gem - no crowds ,
Written October 20, 2021
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Jervic3
Randolph, NJ174 contributions
not to be missed
Sep 2021
Considered Tintoretto's equivalent to the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling is covered in biblical scenes. The wood carvings are equally spectacular.
Written October 8, 2021
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jvlseattle
Foligno, Italy86 contributions
An Incredible Venue for Viewing the Work of A Great Artist
Jul 2021
An incredible collection of Tintoretto's work. Viewing them in the massive room above the carved wooden figures was literally awesome. Don't miss the relics on the second floor. The ornate containers that hold them are incredible works of art in their own right.
Written July 25, 2021
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Studio Timografia
Venice, Italy231 contributions
Breathtaking!
May 2021
This is an incredible place. The pieces were stunning, the collection inspiring and each room took my breath away. Above all, the people working there loved their job and you could tell.
Written May 25, 2021
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Damien F
Dongguang County, China186 contributions
Great artistic works that will pop you eyes
Sep 2020
One of the great place to see in Venice, for a very decent prize compare to other more famous landmarks. Don't rush to visit, take your time to spot all the small original and unconventional details left by the artists centuries ago.
Written October 11, 2020
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Windowseatview
London, UK370 contributions
Takes one's breath away. Don't miss!
Oct 2020 • Solo
Stunningly beautiful. This building is a remarkable work of art in itself. Dozens of canvases, on the walls, on the ceiling, display Tintoretto's narrative cycle of events, in both the old and new testaments, culminating in his massive, almost cinematic, masterpiece of the crucifixion. The building was founded by the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a non aristocratic charitable confraternity and they are still around today. The walls are panelled with an astonishing variety of allegorical wooden sculptures and the lighting is warm and atmospheric. It is astonishing that such a vast collection of such big works by one major artist can be seen in their original context as intended rather than cast adrift in yet another gallery. The, very welcome, seating allows for comfortable viewing and reflection. They publish a range of thoughtful, very nice and fairly priced books about the works through local publishers. Don't be tempted to rush the paintings in the entrance hallway and remember to give a nod of reverence to the statue and images of St Rocco, saviour of plague victims, whose remains are in the church next door. Lovely. Don't miss this.
Written October 9, 2020
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AJ66
London, UK92 contributions
Not to be missed
Sep 2020
We were unsure what this might be but it should not be missed. As it was included in the Venice City pass, entrance was free/included in the ticket so not sure what the normal entrance fee is. The ground floor is one main hall but then you go up the stairs to the first floor to the main hall where it is finely decorated. Well worth a visit.
Written October 6, 2020
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Peter V
Mannheim, Germany144 contributions
Amazing Place
Sep 2020
A wonderful ancient private school with beautiful halls with beautiful paintings and woodcarvings. A must see
Written September 25, 2020
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France884 contributions
A transcendent genius at work
Sep 2020
Worth a special trip to Venice all by itself. Allow 3 hours at least to enjoy Tintoretto's lifetime achievement. Buy the illustrated guide in the bookshop to check the details of the photos when your neck hurts and needs a rest. The Crucifixion was one of the highlights of our visit to Venice--you can spend hours admiring it--the crepuscular, end-of-the_world light is so evocative that one remembers "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent"
Written September 24, 2020
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RSN57
Glasgow, UK36 contributions
Should be on every visitors ‘must see’ list
Sep 2020
I agree with the many other enthusiastic reviews. This is a greatly under appreciated treasure that many more visitors should enjoy. The scale, volume and quality of Tintoretto’s work on display is astonishing. The building is grand and spacious providing a perfect setting for the artist’s magnificent works. Chairs arranged around the walls of the Grand Hall provide the perfect way to view the astonishingly elaborate ceiling murals. At €10 the entry price represents great value for money.
Written September 18, 2020
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