Venice Sights

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

  • San Polo 3052 Map It
  • San Polo
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

This elegant example of Venetian Renaissance architecture, built between 1517 and 1560, was built for the essentially secular charitable confraternity bearing the saint's name. The Venetian "scuole" were organizations that sometimes had loose religious affiliations, through which the artisan class could exercise some influence upon civic life. 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.

  • Room, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, Italy

    © Ross Brinkerhoff / Fodors Travel

Sight Information


Campo San Rocco, San Polo 3052, Venice, Veneto, 30125, Italy

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  • €10, includes audio guide

Published 06/07/2016


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