Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Price guide: Mid-range

Campo San Rocco, San Polo 3052, Venice

Price guide: Mid-range

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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#17 of 22
expert-rated things to do in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Escaping the crowds, History

Expert review of Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Overdose on Tintoretto's masterpieces in this impressive guildhall.

Venice's scuole (schools) were lay brotherhoods or guilds, grouping trades, professions or communities for the purposes of good works and self-aggrandizement. The brotherhood of San Rocco (St Roch or Rock) was among the biggest and most powerful. And its meeting place was suitably lavish. 

Renaissance genius Tintoretto decorated every available space at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in stages over 23 years. You can follow his stylistic journey from the 'Crucifixion' (1565), to the 'Annunciation' (1587) in which Mary is startled by the angel while sewing.

After which, if you're anything like me, you'll need to sit quietly in a bar with a drink for a while to get your breath back after such an overwhelming dose of the magnificent works of this powerful artist.

Price advice: 

 €7, €5 reductions.

Expert tips: 
On August 16, the feast of San Rocco, admission to the Scuola is free.

More information on Scuola Grande di San Rocco:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Art gallery, Museum
Address:
Campo San Rocco, San Polo 3052, Venice
Telephone:
041 5234864
Website:
http://www.scuolagrandesanrocco.it
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
9am-5.30pm daily.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Tintoretto

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