From Scoletta to Scuola Grande

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
The magnificent Scuola Grande di San Rocco is definitely on my list of the top ten places to visit in Venice.

San Rocco (Saint Roch) was a fourteenth century French saint, who devoted his life to caring for the sick. The saint's cult as a healer, particularly in cases of the plague, spread throughout Italy. 
Scoletta di San Rocco, Venice
The remains of San Rocco were transferred to Venice in 1475 and three years later the Confraternity of San Rocco was founded. Ten years later the confraternity succeeded in acquiring the body of its patron saint, an act which greatly enhanced its prestige. It quickly raised the funds to build a church and a meeting-hall, known today as the Scoletta di San Rocco

The confraternity soon outgrew its small hall (by 1514 it had 500 members) and in 1517 work began on a much grander and more lavishly decorated building, which was finished in 1560. The contrast between the two buildings couldn't be greater! 

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a show piece for the art of one man, Jacopo Tintoretto, who, from 1564 to 1588, produced more than sixty paintings for it. 
Church of San Rocco, Venice
San Rocco is one of the patron saints of Venice and since March 3rd 1490 his remains have been housed in the neighbouring church of San Rocco.


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