The building takes its name from the Church next door - the Chiesa di San Rocco. It was set in 1478 up as a confraternity - a religious school which promoted the Catholic faith and produced scholars of the arts. During the course of the first few years of its existence, the confraternity had to move premises a number of times as the building that stands on the site today was not completed until 1549.
Work on the beautiful construction did not stop there. As the school gained notoriety and the attributed wealth, the interior of the building was beautifully decorated in awe-inspiring painting by the Venetian artist Tintoretto, similar in style to that of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. In addition, there is a great amount of art on display by Tintoretto himself and a number of his followers.
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Entry to Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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