Welcome to Venice’s Sistine Chapel, at least if it is often compared to this building located in San Polo. This is not to be taken lightly, because the interior represents one of the most important pictorial sets in the entire country. Carried out by Tintoretto in the second half of the 16th century, its decoration took twenty-four years. Before that, the place was built as halls of residence in the 15th century, and it was used to house victims of the plague. This is why it received the name of San Rocco, patron saint of the sick. Today, it has nothing to do with this dark past, because all that will fill your gaze on the visit to the three rooms is the great artistic impact of its walls and ceilings. Vital works of the Renaissance such as the Glorification of San Roque, Crucifixion or The Pool of Bethesda are part of its legacy. However little a scholar one is of the history of art, a visit to the Scuola is inescapable, because it is one of the cornerstones of this history. It is also a perfect place to rest for a while and feel inevitably drawn to Italian artistic heritage.
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