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Scuola Grande dei Carmini

Campo Santa Margherita
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A) Cà Rezzonico: Line 1
(7 minutes on foot)

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The building, the seat of Scuola Grande dei Carmini, was erected according to the plans of famous architect Baldassarre Longhena, who completed it in the early decades of the 17th century, with its monumental façades in Istria stone, a large staircase, as well as altars and portals inside.
In the first half of the 18th century, the interior was painted and the building adorned with the characteristic features of that period. This operation ended with the work of Gian Battista Tiepolo, who painted nine canvases, entirely renewing the ceiling of the Sala Capitolare, where the decorative stuccowork was also retouched.
In the Sala del Tiepolo, G.B.Tiepolo painted nine incomparable ceiling canvases, featuring the Virtues and attributed to the virgin with angels and cherubs that bear the symbols of the Scuola. The most important portrayal of the apparition of the Madonna del Carmelo to Santo S. Stock is featured in the centre while an angel delivers the scapular, the religious symbol of protection against the dangers of life. The walls feature 17th century paintings by Zanchi, showing a colour contrast characteristic of the time.
In the Sala dell'Archivio, there are works by Zompini and Menescardi among others, and a masterpiece by G.B. Piazzetta that portrays the tragedy of Judith and Holofernes. The adjacent building, known as “Albergo” because it hosted pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land, hosts a large canvas of the Assumption of the Virgin by Padovanino.
Finally, in the Sala dell'Archivio we can find wooden lagging on the walls embellished with splendid carved caryatids by Giacomo Piazzetta, the father of artist Giovan Battista, featuring figures from the old testament.



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