Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

The Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni is home to some of the finest paintings in Venice. They were painted between 1502 and 1508 by Vittore Carpaccio, an artist who was, perhaps, more interested in decorative detail than drama. 

The room in which they hang was described by John Ruskin as 'a little room about the size of the commercial parlour of an old-fashioned inn...'. While Henry James wrote: 'The place is small and incommodious, the pictures are out of sight and ill-lighted, the custodian is rapacious, the visitors are mutually intolerable, but the shabby little chapel is a palace of art.'

Notwithstanding the size, in most other respects the situation has improved since the days of Ruskin and James. 

I like to think of Carpaccio as a true Venetian, by which I mean he seems to have had a penchant for small dogs. He often puts a pooch in a painting, as we can see here in his Vision of St Augustine. 
Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice


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