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San Marcuola

The unfinished facade on the Grand Canal

Detail of Tintoretto's Last Supper

With its Wasa cracker corrugated grey façade, this church is one the Grand Canal’s few sore thumbs. Although its name sounds like an affectionate diminutive of San Marco, it is actually Venetian for Santi Ermagora e Fortunato (SS. Hermagoras and Fortunatus), two early martyrs, a remarkable transformation that even the Venetians themselves can’t account for.

The church, dating from the 12th century, was re-designed by Giorgio Massari in the 18th century. Its most important work of art is a Last Supper by Tintoretto on the left side of the apse; to the right there’s a copy of Tintoretto’s Washing of the Feet—the original is now in the Prado. A wildly rococo canopy hangs over the altar.

The statues are by Gianmaria Morlaiter.

Every Venetian church has its quirk: in San Marcuola it’s two pulpits, facing each other across the nave as if set up for theological debate.

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Campo San Marcuola

Vaporetto: San Marcuola

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art