Founded in 1478, as headquarters of a fraternity of rich and dedicated residents to beneficial operas, in 1489 the Scuola Grande, was already destination due to the paintings of Tintoretto, Giorgione, Tiziano and Tiepolo. It has been rewarded by Pio VI, on 13th January 1789, with the title of “Arciconfraternita” due to its zeal for the divine cult and for charity.
You can admire the “Crucifixion of Jesus Christ” of Tintoretto.
In 1564, Tintoretto has been put in charge to decorate the Scuola. All the works are his or of his students. Famous is the Sala dell’albergo. The marvellous ciclo dei teleri, realized in three rooms between 1564 and 1588, it represents for Venice waht is the Sistine Chapel for Rome. The paintings constituted the cathechesis of the brethren and they have been robbed by Napoleon in 1807. In the 17th century, paintings about the plague in 1630 (Antonio Zanchi 1666) and La Madonna salva Venezia dalla peste (Pietro Negri 1673) were placed on the stairs that connect the first with the second floor. The painting of Antonio Zanchi is one of the most famous paintings of the venetian-baroque paint.
You can visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco everyday from 9.30 to 17.30 .
For more information, ask at the reception.