Massive Tintoretto canvasses in this pretty church in quiet northern Cannaregio.
Madonna dell’Orto is known as the Tintoretto church, for good reason. The artist – who is buried here along with his artistic daughter Marietta and son Domenico – adorned much of the 15th-century building with huge, vibrant depictions of biblical scenes.
The 16th-century master adorned the chancel with 'The Israelites at Mt Sinai' (left) and a very graphic 'Last Judgment' (right); in the apse are 'St Peter's Vision of the Cross' and 'The Beheading of St Paul' – both so full of frantic angelic movement they leave me feeling dizzy.
But one of the greatest pleasure, I find, in venturing out to this little-visited part of town is simply to wander the streets around this lovely church. It's a great rest from the crowds.