Festa di San Rocco

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice.
It is the feast-day of San Rocco and, in celebration, the eponymous scuola has thrown open its doors to the public for free.

This morning, I, and what seemed like half of Venice, took advantage of the chance to save 10 euros and paid the scuola a visit.
Wood carvings by Francesco Pianta il Giovane in the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice.
The huge upper hall never fails to take my breath away; there is so much to look at. However, today, my attention was not drawn upwards to the gilded wooden ceiling, embedded with paintings by Tintoretto, but to the wooden benches, which line much of the hall. 

The benches, the work of Francesco Pianta il Giovane (1634?-92), are surmounted by elaborately carved panels, which rise to a height of about twelve feet. The panels are punctuated by half-length figures, which, on the east wall, take the form of arresting, and often bizarre, allegories. The carvings are magically lit by what look like huge Chinese lanterns, which are known as fantolini. I was mesmerised by them. Nothing else by the carver survives, apart from a clock in the sacristy of the Frari, which I have often observed. 


  1. Now, you've got me wondering who did the carvings in the sacristy of San Pietro Martire, Murano. A look at the excellent blog "Churches of Venice" has satisfied my curiosity. It was Pietro Morando. But, that just opens up more questions!


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