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Nativity by Cima da Conegliano

The second altar in the nave on the right houses a fantastic Nativity by Cima da Conegliano, created from 1509 to 1511. Giovanni Caibo, the patron who commissioned the work, died in 1509 and is buried at the foot of the altar. In the painting, Saint Joseph...

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Tintoretto and the Scuola of St Mark

Two paintings by Tintoretto made for Scuola Grande di San Marco deserve some particular attention: St Mark Frees a Slave aka The Miracle of the Slave and The Theft of the Body of St Mark aka St Mark’s Body Brought to Venice. A third canvas, which used to...

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The Presentation of the Virgin by Titian

About a century later, with respect to the triptych by Vivarini, and between 1534 and 1539 Titian painted the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. It was an episode belonging to a series of paintings about the life of the Virgin Mary. This work of...

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The Church of Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute's church, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, stands out from the Venetian skyline. It rests almost at the end of the narrow strip of land of Punta della Dogana, at the farther limit of the Grand Canal before its outlet into St....

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The Wedding at Cana by Jacopo Tintoretto

The huge canvass The Wedding at Cana by Jacopo Tintoretto dominates the right-side wall (as viewed from the apse). It was made and dated by the master in 1561. Tintoretto painted this work at the beginning of his artistic mature age and just some years...

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The altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini

   Church of San Giovanni Crisostomo, Venice The Altarpiece by Bellini is located in the chapel to the right, which is dedicated to sculptors and wood carvers. When the painter finished the picture, he was rather elderly and almost near to death, which...

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The Dockyard

Our tour of the compound starts from the so called “land entrance”, which is made up by an amazing portal built in 1460. It was made imitating a Roman triumphal arch and it is thought to be the first Renaissance art work made in Venice. The present arch is...

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Madonna with child by Antonio da Negroponte

Step through the doors of the Palladio-designed exterior and you are inside a classic Latin cross plan church. The single wide nave is lined with numerous chapels. As soon as reconstruction on the church got underway in the 1530s, there was a rush to sign...

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The Clock Tower

Throughout the centuries the Clock Tower has managed to become one of the most widely known landmarks in Venice. Its notoriety is probably due to the fascinating mechanism that allows the movements of the 'Due Mori' (two Moors), which are the two statues...

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The Altarpiece of the Assumption

The huge Altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin is undoubtedly the view focus of the church inside. It is set on the high altar and it was painted by Titian between 1516 and 1518. It was the first major work commissioned to the young painted by a...

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St George’s Serie

Entering the intimate and quiet space of the room on the ground floor, we are immediately drawn to nine canvasses placed along the walls. They use to be upstairs but they were moved downstairs later on, namely round the middle of 1500, and they were fitted...

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St Mary of the Miracles

While wandering around the Cannaregio quarter (sestiere) with a kind of ‘flaneur’ attitude, we come across the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The church is a kind of white marble structure shaped like the bow of a ship. It looks as if it is about to...

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