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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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  • This is worth the €5 ticket price: the hall alone is worth the visit with its stupendous ceiling and the exhibits tell the story of medical discoveries in the Renaissance. The walls are lined with its...  more »
  • For lovers of the medicine, a beautiful place, very old manuals and many instruments. See
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  • Beyond the impressive façade overlooking the camp, between the statue of Colleoni and the basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, there is a true Marvel, recently restored and visible to the public, which is part of the civil hospital of Venice. The upper room, with an impressive coffered ceiling, hosts an interesting Museum of medicine. Ancient books, treatises, publications, prints, surgical instruments and equipment from various epochs are collected in big shrines, testimony of resources and scientific advances of the past.
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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.
  • The façade alone deserves, you can obliterate even part of the ground floor, in the end it is a hospital. The cloister also deserves.
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