The Scuola Grande di San Marco is a building in Venice, Italy, designed by the well-known Venetian architects Pietro Lombardo, Mauro Codussi, and Bartolomeo Bon. It was originally the home to one of the Scuole Grandi of Venice, or six major confraternities, but is now the city's hospital. It faces the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, one of the largest squares in the city.
The edifice was built by the Confraternity of San Marco in 1260 to act as its seat. In 1485, however, it was destroyed by a large fire, and rebuilt in the following twenty years under a new design by Pietro Lombardo, with a fund established by the members. The façade, a masterwork with delicately decorated niches and pilasters, and with white or polychrome marble statues, was later completed by Mauro Codussi. While decorated with the polished marble elements of Renaissance classicism, the proliferation of arches and niches adds a retrogressive Byzantine flavor, an architectural feature of many conservative Venetian styles. One of the most notable aspects of the façade is the use of trompe-l'œil archways and portals on the ground floor, all executed in different types of marble. Between 2000 and 2005, the façade underwent conservation treatments funded by Save Venice Inc., the Getty Grant Program, and other donors.
Vincent M. | Mar 29, 2018
What a gem! The hospital has a nice facade and the museum inside is amazing. They have vintage surgeon tools on display in a beautiful (and spine-chilling) setting with classical music - and under a golden ceiling.
Влад Головач | Dec 22, 2017
Great museum of medicine. 4 Tintorettos, one good. Other paintings of interest. Great interior. Must to see place.
Oleg Naumov | Sep 18, 2017
Beautiful building but according to my personal rule I don't get in of the places where visitors are not allowed to take non-commercial photo.
Claudio Amidei | Oct 20, 2016
A stunning facade, especially considering the actual function of the building, which is a hospital! On the first floor you can find some paintings of Tiepolo and other local artists, a fantastic and richly decorated ceiling and a museum with medical instruments and some of the history of the hospital.
DAVID SNYDER | Feb 15, 2018
HuiJun Wong | May 29, 2018
Impeccably curated small museum collection at the upper level to the right of the beautiful hospital’s entrance! Only 3€ for students. The exhibits comprising old pages of anatomical/medical books and equipment were wonderfully laid out in a magnificent room. There aren’t English explanations besides most of the exhibits except for the nobles’ book collection but they’re all visually intriguing enough that i spent a good 45 minutes there despite it’s compact size.
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