Architecture and Charity. Paradoxes and Conflicts in the Construction of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice (1517–1560)

Gianmario Guidarelli


This article examines the role of architectural patronage at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and explores the relationship between building and charity. The San Rocco confraternity hall underwent many changes during its design and construction phases, suggesting that confraternity members were uncertain about the role it should play and the message it should send. Specific events point to a conflict during construction phases. One faction of members wanted a simple, sober building in accordance with evangelical austerity, while the other aspired to grandiloquent architecture. This article examines these conflicts in the relationship between architecture, ritual and institutional ideology.

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