Scuola Grande di San Marco

Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice: Address, Phone Number, Scuola Grande di San Marco Reviews: 4.5/5

Scuola Grande di San Marco
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Neighbourhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,519 contributions
Stunning building with a rich history
Nov 2020
Already from Calle Larga Giacinto Gallina we saw the outlines of the beautiful Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo. From the last bridge leading to Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo overlooking the facade of Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the facade of the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo we were left breathless, in wonder. Standing in this place and enjoying the beautiful architectural masterpieces is a real privilege. Of course, the rich history of buildings in us evokes admiration and awe. Scuola Grande di San Marco is a Renaissance palace and the former seat of the Venetian confraternities in Sestiere Castello. The Great Brotherhood of San Marco was founded in 1260 and had its headquarters near the now demolished church of Santa Croce (next to Piazzale Roma in Papadopoulos Park). The Dominicans of the church of San Giovanni e Paolo near Castello ceded their land to the fraternity in 1437 to build their new headquarters. Construction work was led by Pietro Lombardo and Giovanni Buora, but the palace burned down in a fire in 1485. Work on the erection of the new and larger palace was entrusted to Mauro Codussi, who built it in 1505, and after that the palace was extended in 1523 towards the Rio dei Mendicanti canal, thanks to the occupation of the architect Jacopo Sansovino. The rich polychrome marble facade of the palace, with numerous reliefs, has an asymmetrical structure that reflects the internal division of space, with a saloon on the left and the so-called hotel lounge (sala dell’albergo) on the right. From the very beginning, the brothers of the School decided to limit the reconstitution of the cycles of paintings, leaving out the vast spaces of the Chapter Room, to dedicate every resource to the smallest walls of the Sala dell'Albergo with a cycle of six canvases dedicated to episodes of life of San Marco. The Hall became one of the most spectacular complexes of the Venetian Renaissance, an attraction for European scholars and experts, thanks to the works of Gentile Bellini ("Sermon of San Marco"), Giovanni Bellini ("The martyrdom of San Marco"), Giovanni Mansueti (" Healing of Aniano "and" Baptism of Aniano "), Paris Bordon (" The fisherman gives the ring to the Doge "), Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (" Saints Mark, George and Nicholas save Venice from the storm "). From 1807 Scuola was turned into a military hospital and it has remained for the entire time of the Austrian administration until today, when it operates as the city hospital Ospedale Civile SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
Written 26 November 2020
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lianath
Olsztyn, Poland91 contributions
If you are interested in medicine- go
Aug 2020
Not very big and quite expensive. However you do find a lot of interesting books and medical instruments. Not for everyone, especially at that price. If you do have time and resources- great place to visit. If you do have to choose carefully- you may consider skipping it.
Written 19 August 2020
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Sara H
Melbourne, Australia680 contributions
Medical Museum
Oct 2019 • Family
I found this museum fascinating. The Grand School of San Marco was one of the most powerful Venetian fraternities and is currently the Venetian Hospital. It houses a stunning little Medical museum on the second floor, filled with old medical equipment and books. The stunning ceiling and the Tintoretto paintings (which I later learned were reproductions) were well worth the small fee to enter. As a doctor I was fascinated.
Written 9 February 2020
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Karen F
Lincoln, UK683 contributions
A lovely gallery
Oct 2019
We enjoyed the Tintoretto paintings and there was also an exhibition of Leonardo drawings. The building itself is lovely. It was small but there was a lot to see so at 5 euros for adults and 3 for pensioners/children it was worth it .
Written 28 October 2019
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yvonne936
Sherborne, UK14 contributions
Beautiful place to visit
Sep 2019
Very interesting place to visit. The Receptionist was very helpful and explained the work of the Scuola which is borne out of the years. Ceilings and paintings are wonderful.
Written 24 October 2019
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momorussia
London, UK216 contributions
A must
Oct 2019
I recommend to take and Audio guide in order to appreciate the magnificence of the Scuola and discover all the Tintoretto paintings
Written 7 October 2019
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Geoff
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK48 contributions
A good picture gallery in grand surroundings
Sep 2019
In my view principally famous for the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in front of it who died in 1475. This is the only statue of a real person in Venice prior to the end of the Venetian republic in 1797. Colleoni had left the City of Venice almost a million gold ducats in his will and they wanted the money. After much argument Venice hired the sculptor Andrea Verrocchio to execute the statue. The horse is the best part of it Verrocchio died before the statue was finished.
Written 2 October 2019
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Liz M
55 contributions
Food for the eyes
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is a remarkable display of Tintoretto paintings. The building is elegant, fitting the dramatic and breathtaking paintings inside. The entrance fee of 8 euros might seem steep, but it is well worth it.I'm a great follower of art, but these paintings are awesome, the sheer size of them and the beauty of the detail makes the visit worth while. It is almost a visual overdose, so take your time - a very useful guide is given with the tickets so you can understand the content of the paintings.
Written 10 July 2019
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calumthemighty
durham, NC USA391 contributions
Finally!!!
Jul 2018 • Family
We have walked past this hospital for years, and even poked our heads inside to peek at the lobby. I was really excited when we walked up and saw that the Scuola was officially open to visitors. It is still a real, working hospital but the upstairs section of the old Scuola Grande di San Marco (a Venetian combination of club, charitable institution, hospital, and church group) has been brought back to renaissance grandeur.

While we were there, an exhibition of local glassworks was on display. Really neat. There is also a huge display of books (especially medical texts) and old medical instruments (some quite scary!).
Written 27 June 2019
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Mervyn G
Brixham, UK192 contributions
Stunningly preserved art
Jun 2019 • Couples
Fascinating to learn about the charitable side of the the Doge's Venice. The art is just amazing and almost overwhelming. The detail in the carvings on the wall also incredible. Well worth a visit.
Written 25 June 2019
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