"Amazing façade of Scuola di San Marco" Top 5 Page for this destination Castello District - Sestiere Castello Tip by Trekki

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Brotherhoods or scuole played a major role in Venezia?s past. They often had the most marvellous buildings and a lot of money. One of these scuole is or better was Scuola Grande di San Marco, the building is still there with a marvellous southern façade. Those of you who love art and especially paintings might recognise it from Canaletto?s painting SS Giovanni e Paolo and the Scuola di San Marco, dated 1725 and now on exhibit in Dresden?s Gallery of Old Masters. If I look at photos of this painting today it is fascinating how realistic it is. It could have been a photo of today, but of course, the clothes are different. But with the painting?s perspective the beautiful façade cannot be properly seen. It reminded me of Chiesa Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli and indeed it is the same architect, Pietro Lombardi, who started the work. It was finished however by Mauro Coducci in 1500. In addition to these polychrome porphyry roundels the most intriguing aspect is the symmetrical or even symmetrical-asymmetrical facade of the entrance portal and especially the parts left and right. If you stand far away it looks very three-dimensional, but the closer you walk towards it, the more the illusion becomes obvious: these details in the arch are reliefs but done in a kind of trompe d??il style (although I don?t know if this is a proper name also for stone work). I had to touch the walls to feel that it is not three-dimensional. So much for a perfect illusion even from up close.
The portal is beautifully decorated and shows scenes of the life of San Marco.

Today this magnificent building is part of the civil hospital (Ospedale Civile). A medicine library is located in the upper floor and I read that there is still the scuole?s Sala del Albergo with a golden coffer vault. The interior seems to be open to the public, according to the Scuola di San Marco website. But I had to leave this for my next time.

Best time for photos is in the afternoon when the sun shines on the southern facade.

Vaporetto stop: Ospedale Civile, lines 4.1./4.2. and 5.1./5.2.:
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Location of (1) Campo San Zanipolo, (2) Scuola di San Marco, (3) Chiesa Santi Giovanni e Paolo on Bing Maps.

© Ingrid D., July 2007 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.). Update June 2015: wording.

Address: Venezia, Campo San Zanipolo

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2015
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