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“Amazing ceiling”

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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Power and Glory in Venetian Art: Titian and Tintoretto
Ranked #8 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 22, 2013

The ceiling by Tintoretto is worth the admission price alone - breathtaking. You can't truly experience TIntoretto's work outside of Venice and this is one place where you can be surrounded by his work

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was not a particular fan of Tintoretto but the day was rainy and lent itself to indoor activities rather than wandering the wonderful alleys and admiring the architecture of Venice. Entry into the Scuola is not inexpensive and the ground floor from the ticket booth is huge but empty and one can not really see more than two of the huge pictures hanging on the wall. However, it is wet outside so we take the risk. Thank goodness! The ground floor cycle of Tintoretto paintings is impressive but the room is like one of the main rooms in the Academia. Then one goes upstairs and sees a room that is unbelievable in its conception and execution. I was impressed and very pleased that the weather had persuaded me to look in. It is well worth the effort and the cost.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

This building was build in the late 15th century and houses a terrific and beautiful collection of Tintoretto and others and is well worth the effort to find it. The Audio guide is excellent but a little difficult to follow the sequence - make sure you get a map of the building to assist but it is well worth the effort.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

There is a spectacular museum which we have visited twice. The Church of San Rocco is adjacent and free. There is a charge for this place but it is a must see. Use the audio guide (even if it is a bit confusing). You won't be disappointed. It is all about Tintoretto and it is housed in a beautiful building. It a chance to learn about the history and people of Venice.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Even if you dont visit any other place of interest in Venice, you must take the time to go here.

My husband (despite his objections!) and I have visited many impressive museums, buildings and cathedrals throughout Europe but this is one of the finest we have seen (i was more impressed with this than i was with the sistine chapel!)

Im a huge fan of historic buildings but not so much of paintings and art. However, the paintings here by Tintoretto are breathtaking.

There are only three rooms to view in total but you should ask for the audio tour (included in the price) and listen to it throughout. It lasts for about an hour but gives you a much clearer understanding and appreciation of the paintings.

It would be a real shame to visit Venice and miss this gem.

2  Thank RubeusMinerva
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