Saint Rocco's popularity stemmed from his miraculous recovery from the plague and his care for fellow sufferers. Throughout the plague-filled Middle Ages, followers and donations abounded, and this elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture, built between 1517 and 1560 and including the work of at least four architects, built for the essentially secular charitable confraternity bearing the saint's name, was the result. Although San Rocco is bold and dramatic
outside, its contents are even more stunning—a series of more than 60 paintings by Tintoretto. In 1564 Tintoretto edged out competition for a commission to decorate a ceiling by submitting not a sketch, but a finished work, which he moreover offered free of charge. Moses Striking Water from the Rock, The Brazen Serpent, and The Fall of Manna represent three afflictions—thirst, disease, and hunger—that San Rocco and later his brotherhood sought to relieve.
Dec 20, 2006
Just to echo everyone else's remarks, this is truly a unique place where you can leisurely bask in genius. Leave the 21st C. behind and spend time upstairs with the amazing outpouring of Tintoretto, along with the glorious architecture and details.
Mar 27, 2006
Downstairs there are the usual great paintings on the wall. But upstairs it is Wow! Great gílded ceiling with the best from Tintoretto, plus wood-carved benches and even small mirrors to let you look up without breaking your neck. Would be a World Wonder in any other city, but one of many in Venice. Great setting and even clean toilets make it a Don't Miss kind of place.