Scuola Grande de San Rocco

Scuola Grande de San Rocco. Façade designed by Antonio Scarpagnino (c. 1505-49).Photograph George P. Landow (taken October 2000) [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

As all guidebooks and commentators seem to note, this magnificent building appears to have been crammed into its narrow little campo. Contrast the awkward siting of this building with that of another Scuola — the Scuola di San Marco, of which Ruskin painted a watercolor in 1876.

The recently cleaned and restored Scuola contains the series of very large-scale religious paintings to which Tintoretto devoted almost a quarter century. One of them, The Annunciation, proved central in the work of Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly William Holman Hunt.

Visual Arts John Ruskin

Last modified October 2000