Miracles, Flagellants and Preachers
Miracles, Flagellants and Preachers: Humanism Transforms the City
Monuments of artistic mastery and historic relevance are concentrated in an area bordering the two largest districts in Venice: Cannaregio and Castello.
The Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli looks like a precious jewellery box. It was built by Pietro Lombardo towards the end of the fifteenth century to house a painting by Zanino di Pietro which was considered miraculous. It is covered in geometrically arranged multi-coloured marble, both inside and out. Fifty canvases with portraits of prophets decorate its splendid vaulted ceiling and numerous original marble reliefs frame the choir.
Andrea Verrocchio’s magnificent equestrian monument of the condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni stands in the vast Campo San Giovanni e Paolo. Nearby is the splendid façade of the Scuola Grande di San Marco, once the site of a society of flagellants (or “the beaten”) and one of the most beautiful examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. After the fire of 1485 which completely destroyed the previous building, the architects Pietro Lombardo, Giovanni Buora, Antonio Rizzo and Mauro Codussi worked on creating a new building, with outstanding results. Alongside it is the imposing Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, built by the Dominicans between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Often called the “Pantheon of the Doges”, in that it contains numerous funerary monuments to doges, the church also holds an inestimable wealth of artistic heritage, including works by Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Bartolomeo Vivarini, Paolo Veronese and G.B. Piazzetta. State funerals were held here.
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 150,00 €
The tour includes entry to the following:
- Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli: Adults 3,00 € – Students 1,50 €
- Scuola Grande di San Marco: Adults 5,00 €- Students 3,00 €
- Basilica ofi Santi Giovanni e Paolo: 3,50 €
In accordance with the aims of our statute, a percentage of the tour fee will go towards a fund dedicated to the safeguarding and restoration of minor art in Venice.
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