2 hrs 30 min, half day walking tour
This tour is a must for art lovers because both the Scuola of san Rocco and the Franciscan Frari church epitomize the golden era of Venetian art, the 15th and 16th centuries.
There is no better place in Venice to view some of the greatest art works still there, as the Franciscan church of the Frari. World known for two of Titian’s earliest altarpieces and one from Bellini’s maturity, the building houses a great number of art features.
The church also represents a great part of Venetian history that can be recalled viewing the tombs of the preeminent Venetian citizens buried there.
At close distance from the church the elaborate façade of the school of San Rocco displays the utmost wealth and power reached by the brotherhood devoted to Roque, the healing saint against the plague. Tintoretto was called as the sole author of the painting decoration, it took him 23 years to complete the massive task. The school is also the best place to talk about public response to the plague through the cult of Roque and the private display of civic honor of Venetians in the 16th cent.
2018 is the quintecennial of Tintoretto’s birth.