Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice

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The Scuola Grande di San Marco is a building in Venice, Italy. It originally was the home to one of the six major sodalities or Scuole Grandi of Venice. It faces the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, one of the largest squares in the city.The edifice was built by the Confraternity of San Marco in 1260 to act as its seat. In 1485, however, it was destroyed by a large fire, and rebuilt in the following twenty years under a new design by Pietro Lombardo, with a fund established by the members. The façade, a masterwork with delicately decorated niches and pilasters, and with white or polychrome marble statues, was later completed by Mauro Codussi. While decorated with the polished marble elements of Renaissance classicism, the proliferation of arches and niches adds a retrogressive Byzantine flavor, an architectural feature of many conservative Venetian styles.Three of the greatest Italian explorers of the fifteenth century: Giosafat Barbaro, Ambrogio Contarini, and Alvise da Mosto were members of the Scuola.Jacopo Tintoretto furnished the Scuola with three paintings Miracle of the Slave (also known as The Miracle of St. Mark, 1548), St Mark's Body Brought to Venice, painted between 1562 an 1566, both paintings are currently housed in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, northern Italy, and Finding of the body of St Mark also painted between 1562 an 1566, an now held in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.
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  • August 4, 2017
    This glorious building is home to a small medical museum - which is logically next door to the hospital. The implements and drawings on display are fascinating, though it's a shame that the labels are...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    We passed by this building and decided to inspect it. We did not actually go right inside, but only had a look from the entrance and admired the outside of the building. It looks rather nice and it's ...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Inside the hospital, the exhibition is very nice by its content and the rooms it is located in are marvelous. The books and objects are nicely presented. And you can browse few facsimile. The price is...  more »
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  • A stunning facade, especially considering the actual function of the building, which is a hospital! On the first floor you can find some paintings of Tiepolo and other local artists, a fantastic and richly decorated ceiling and a museum with medical instruments and some of the history of the hospital.
  • Really nice building. Great marble work on the outside. It is now a hospital and a museum.
  • Upstairs there's an interesting museum about the history of medicine.
  • Beautiful.
  • Facade of the confraternity. A must visit for tourists
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