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Highlights of this tour

Chiesa dei Frari
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The Venetian School of Color: Frari and San Rocco

If you’re an art lover, or particularly interested in discerning the differences and similarities of the Italian Renaissance-era artistic production, this tour is not to be missed.    

The huge Frari church, the main Venetian Franciscan church, possesses some absolute masterpieces of Venetian painting: Giovanni Bellini's "Sacra Conversazione" (1488), Titian's revolutionary "Assumption of the Virgin" (1516) , and his "Pala Pesaro", still on their original altars.

Paintings will be interpreted by our guide in artistic, historical and social contexts. Your guide will bring to life the artists and patrons’ conditions in 15th and 16th century Italy.  

Mere steps away is the marble façade of the "Scuola Grande S.Rocco." This was once the seat of an important and wealthy brotherhood who strove to assist its members during the plagues by use of powerful and evocative religious images with an educational and moralizing purpose.

Here Jacopo Tintoretto enjoyed tremendous freedom in which to express his visionary, and at times terrific genius, producing some of his most unforgettable creations.

His cycle of canvases, painted during 25 years of collaboration with the Scuola, can be considered the artist’s most important achievement. We will note the most important steps of the Tintoretto experience at the Scuola Grande and the historical vicissitudes of this period (1564-1588).

Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari : works by Govanni Bellini, Donatello, Titian, Paolo Veneziano, Bartolomeo & Alvise Vivarini.
Scuola Grande San Rocco : works by Jacopo Tintoretto.

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Absolute masterpieces of Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto. The Venetian contribution to Italian Renaissance painting centers on the exceptional mastering of color and light by artists Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Palma il Vecchio.

Today's  art historians frequently note the differences between the Venetian and Florentine traditions, which are traditionally seen based on the quality of drawing and accuracy of proportion.

Some additional information: Venice traded with all the major Eastern Mediterranean ports, importing numerous expensive goods. These included rare pigments like realgar, ultramarine, malachite, cremisin, and others.

Venetian painters had greater access to all kinds of pigments than the other artists. Venetian painters also used glass enamels produced by the furnaces in Murano, obtaining marvellous effects of color and light. More than any other city in Italy,

Venice was in direct contact with Constantinople and the Greek world. This allowed for an absorption of Byzantine art, and permitted the Venetians propose these styles on the local art market.

This direct contact with Byzantine art has reverberated on Venetian painting for centuries. On the other hand, Venetian contacts with Germany were constant and strong. There was a very lively German community in Venice, with artists like Albrecht Durer working locally.

The Northern approach to the depiction of natural landscapes and human figures was of great importance in the artistic development of all great Venetian Renaissance and post renaissance painters. Venice was a Republic where power was held by a large number of ‘noble’ families, and where none ever prevailed on the others.

Examining Venetian painting also allows for exploration into the peculiarities of Venetian society, family relations, spiritual and religious life, interaction between artist and patrons.
Cost of this tour
Cost of this tour This tour lasts three hours and costs 280 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties. For larger parties send us an email.

Museum fees per person:
Church of the Frari: 3 euros
Scuola Grande di San Rocco: 10 euros (full rate) - 8 euros (reduced rate)

How to book Dress code and advice
Dress code and advice Short sleeves and kneee high pants and skirts are ok

No sleeveless and no shorts/skirts  above the knee

Better if you don't bring any backpack with you.

The Frari Church is not accessible to visits on Sunday mornings (still an active church, used for Mass)