Rather plain on the outside, but don't be fooled. The interior of this local church in the Campo San Pantalon is an undiscovered highlight of Venice, ignored by most tourists who don't know what they're missing.
It is best known for the huge painting covering the whole ceiling showing "The Martyrdom and Apotheosis of St Pantalon" by Fumiani. It took six years to complete, and he was killed while painting when he fell from the scaffolding. The painting is both in normal perspective but if you look around the edges, some of it is in 'trompe d'oeil' giving a trick 3D effect (see photos).
There are other beautiful paintings in the building, including one by Veronese. Just sitting there looking up is awe-inspiring, thinking of the dedication and skill of the man. The painting is too much to take in with one look - it is absolutely stunning - and best to take your time looking at the different scenes. Mind blowing.
When we went, there was no charge for admission, but contributions for upkeep were invited.
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