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Scuola Grande dei Carmini

and its paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo

Apparition of the Virgin to St Simon Stock

One of Venice's six Scuole Grandi, officially known as the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria del Carmelo, this charitable confraternity was founded in 1597 from the Pinzocchere dei Carmini, a lay women's charitable association that was responsible for sewing Scapulars for the Carmelites. After its suppression by Napoleon in 1807, it reopened under the Austrians, and has functioned as a charitable organisation ever since.

Scuola Grande dei Carmini, in Venice, the three stairs and the corridor; on a drawing of Baldassare Longhena. The gypseries are the work of Alvise Bassi and date from 1729.

Built on a design by Longhena in the 1660s (his hand is best seen in the façade facing the Rio Terrà), the Scuola dei Carmini has a beautiful split stair and a corridors entirely decorated with flowing 18th-century stuccoes.

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Rococo and Neoclassical


Scuole: Guilds & Confraternities

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Didier Descouens, PD Art