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Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

  • Castello 3259/A Map It
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Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Founded in 1451 by the Dalmatian community, this small scuola, or confraternity, was, and still is, a social and cultural center for migrants from what is now Croatia. It contains one of Italy's most beautiful rooms, harmoniously decorated between 1502 and 1507 by Vittore Carpaccio. While Carpaccio generally painted legendary and religious figures against backgrounds of contemporary Venetian architecture, here is perhaps one of the first instances of "Orientalism" in Western painting. Note the turbans and exotic dress of those being baptized and converted, and even the imagined, arid Middle Eastern or North African landscape in the background of several of the paintings. In this scuola for immigrants, Carpaccio focuses on "foreign" saints especially venerated in Dalmatia: Sts. George, Tryphone, and Jerome. He combined keen empirical observation with fantasy, a sense of warm color, and late medieval realism. (Look for the priests fleeing St. Jerome's lion, or the body parts in the dragon's lair.) Opening hours are quite flexible. Since this is a "must-see" site, check in advance so you won't be disappointed.

  • Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Castello, Venice, Italy.

    © Ross Brinkerhoff / Fodors Travel

Sight Information

Address:

Calle dei Furlani, Castello 3259/A, Venice, Veneto, 30122, Italy

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Phone:

041-5228828

Sight Details:

  • €5

Published 06/07/2016

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