Fodor's Expert Review Gesuiti

Cannaregio Church Fodor's Choice
Gesuiti, Cannaregio, Venice, Italy.

The interior walls of this early-18th-century church (1715–30) resemble brocade drapery, and only touching them will convince skeptics that rather than embroidered cloth, the green-and-white walls are inlaid marble. This trompe-l'oeil decor is typical of the late Baroque's fascination with optical illusion. Toward the end of his life, Titian tended to paint scenes of suffering and sorrow in a nocturnal ambience. A dramatic example of this is on display above the first altar to the left: Titian's daring Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (1578), taken from an earlier church that stood on this site. Titian's Assumption (1555), originally commissioned for the destroyed Crociferi church, demands reverence. The Crociferi's surviving Oratory features some of Palma Giovane's best work, painted between 1583 and 1591.

Church Fodor's Choice Historical

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Campo dei Gesuiti
Venice, Veneto  30131, Italy


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Oratory closed Mon.–Wed., Jan.–mid-Feb., and Sept.–Oct., Gesuiti €1; oratory €3

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