A Charitable 'Façade'? The Sculptural Decoration of the Scuola Grande di San Marco

Lorenzo G. Buonanno

Abstract


The meetinghouse of the Scuola Grande di San Marco possessed the most extravagant façade of any confraternity in Venice. At the same time, however, its sculptural decoration contained more references to charity than were found on any other scuola’s meetinghouse. This essay posits that the profusion of images relating to charity on the façade of the Scuola Grande di San Marco represented a deliberate choice aimed at tempering the impact of the façade’s own material splendour.


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