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<p>Francesco Guardi, Temporary Tribune in the Campo San Zanipolo, Venice, 1782 or after

Francesco Guardi, Temporary Tribune in the Campo San Zanipolo, Venice, 1782 or after, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1939.1.129

The Scuole of Venice: Devotion and Decoration in Religious Confraternities

Carpaccio in Context

  • Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall, No Registration Required

Presented by Eric Denker, lecturer emeritus

Enjoy the second of three in-depth lectures exploring Venetian art. Presented in conjunction with Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice.

Venetian Scuole, religious confraternities founded for the support of the local community, were an essential structure of Venetian life. Some were organized as support groups for ethnic communities, such as the Greek, Albanian, or German populations in the city. Others were more like craft guilds, devoted to the families of shoemakers, or tailors, or goldsmiths. Some were more purely religious, such as those devoted to mourning for the dead, or to the Guardian angel.

The most important of the scuole were the Scuole Grande, large charitable groups that had significant political influence as well. All of them, from the most humble to the richest, vied with one another to decorate their ceremonial halls with the works of fine Venetian artists.

Registration is not required.