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Altar of the Presentation

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Altar of the Presentation

Basilica dei Frari Altar of the PresentationThe canvas bears the signature of the artist. The frescoes on the edge of the altar, in poor condition, representing the Eritrean Sibyl, the prophet Malachi, Faith and Hope.

  • Artwork: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
  • Artist/Author: Giuseppe Porta detto il Salviati
  • Date: 1548
  • Artistic Technique: Painting, oil on canvas.
  • Location: Altar of the Presentation (number 28). See church plan.
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Chapel of St. Mark or Corner

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Chapel of St. Mark or Corner

Chapel of St. MarkGiovanni Corner built this chapel in 1420 and dedicated to St. Mark the Evangelist in memory of his uncle Marco.

The Triptych of St. Mark is signed and dated by Bartolomeo Vivarini in 1474. The beautiful wooden altarpiece that welcomes the work is a typical masterpiece of Gothic art. In the central compartment, St. Mark is sitting on a marble throne, surrounded by angels. To the left are depicted Saint John the Baptist and St. Jerome, on the right St. Peter and St. Nicholas.

The St. John the Baptist sculpture is signed by the Florentine Sansovino and is located on the large baptismal font donated by the family of the Giustiniani in 1826.

  • Artwork: Triptych of St. Mark.
  • Artist/Author: Bartolomeo Vivarini
  • Date: 1474
  • Artistic Technique: Painting
  • Location: Corner Chapel (number 9). See church plan.
  • Artwork: St. John the Baptist.
  • Artist/Author: Jacopo Tatti, called Sansovino
  • Date: 1554
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Corner Chapel (number 9). See church plan.
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Chapel of the Franciscan Saints

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Chapel of the Franciscan Saints

Chapel of the Franciscan SaintsThe altarpiece depicting the Madonna and Child enthroned. To his right are St. Clare, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis and St. Mark; behind the head of the client: father Antonietto da Venezia; to the left: St. John the Baptist, St. Anthony, St. Louis d'Anjou (Bishop of Toulouse) and Saint Andrew.

  • Artwork: Madonna and Child with Saints.
  • Artist/Author: Bernardino Licinio
  • Date: 1524
  • Artistic Technique: Painting
  • Location: Chapel of the Franciscan Saints (number 12). See church plan.

The painting of the martyrs of the Franciscan represents the first five Franciscan martyrs: Bernard, Peter, Accursio, Adiuto and Ottone martyred in Morocco.

  • Artwork: The first martyrs of the Franciscan.
  • Artist/Author: Bernardino Licinio
  • Date: 16th century
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on panel
  • Location: Chapel of the Franciscan Saints (number 12). See church plan.
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Chapel of the Milanese

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Chapel of the Milanese

Chapel of the MilaneseThe chapel of the Milanese was so named because the Lombard colony, thriving in Venice, obtained by Franciscan friars, since 1361, license to use it. The Brotherhood restored the chapel at his own expense to consecrate it, in 1421, at the bishop of Como Antonio Rusconi. The Pala represents the triumph of St. Ambrose bearing in his right hand the scourge and the crook in his left.

  • Artwork: Saint Ambrose Enthroned with Saints.
  • Artist/Author: Alvise Vivarini and Marco Basaiti
  • Date: 1503
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on panel
  • Location: Milanese Chapel (number 10). See church plan.

The plate commemorates the burial of the famous musician Claudio Monteverdi from Cremona, brother of the School, who died in Venice November 28, 1643.

  • Artwork: Tomb of Claudio Monteverdi.
  • Artist/Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 17th century
  • Artistic Technique: Pavement slab
  • Location: Milanese Chapel (number 10). See church plan.
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Chapter Hall

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Chapter Hall

Basilica dei Frari Chapter HallThe Chapter Hall was intended for the meeting of the brothers. The recent restoration has revealed the two columns placed at the center of the room. On the top right wall has a central door flanked by two three-light windows with double columns and Gothic arches that allow you to enjoy a magnificent view of the cloister and the convent of the Trinity, now seat of the Archivio di Stato.

The work of Paolo Veneziano, Madonna and Child, St Francis and St Elizabeth accompanying the doge and the dogaressa, is located on the opposite wall, within the pointed arch of the tomb of Doge Francesco Dandolo.

  • Artwork: Doge Dandolo presented to the Madonna.
  • Artist/Author: Paolo Veneziano
  • Date: 1339
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on table
  • Location: Chapter Hall (number 23). See church plan.
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Madonna of Ca’ Pesaro

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Madonna of Ca’ Pesaro

Madonna of Ca PesaroThe altar Pesaro given to a noble family in 1518, already in 1361, was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is why the altarpiece commissioned by Jacopo Pesaro in 1519, has the double task of illustrating the theme of Mary and glorify the family of the client. The Virgin is seated on a tall pedestal with a white veil that envelops even the child: it is foreshadowing of the funeral shroud that will cover both. Jacopo Pesaro is pictured on the left in prayer while behind him a soldier holding the banner of Pope Alexander VI and leans next to a turbaned turkish. It is the celebration of the naval victory at the Battle of Santa Maura (1503) by Pesaro, commander of the papal fleet, over the Ottoman navy. In forefront the portraits of his brothers Francesco, Antonio, Fantino and Giovanni and his nephew Leonardo, above of them San Francesco turns to the child while on the other hand, the figure of St. Peter.

  • Artwork: Pala Pesaro.
  • Artist/Author: Tiziano Vecellio.
  • Date: 1519-26
  • Artistic Technique: Painting, oil on canvas, 485 x 270 cm.
  • Location: Left aisle (number 5). See church plan.
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The Bernardo Chapel

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The Bernardo Chapel

Basilica dei Frari The Bernardo ChapelEnthroned Madonna and Child with Saints Andrew and Nicholas of Bari, Paul and Peter. In 1482 the Bernardo Venetian family became the owner of this chapel and restored it. The triptych is signed and dated by the artist, Bartolomeo Vivarini. In the central compartment depicting the Virgin Enthroned with the Child on her knees; after the plague of 1631, this painting was considered miraculous and took the name of Madonna della Salute. In the side compartments, on the left, St. Andrew and St. Nicholas of Bari, and on the right, St. Paul and St. Peter. In the upper compartment is depicted Christ died, flanked by two angels in gilded wood. The altarpiece is set in a Renaissance setting attributed to Jacopo da Faenza.

  • Artwork: Virgin Enthroned with Child and Saints (polyptych).
  • Artist/Author: Bartolomeo Vivarini
  • Date: 1482
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on table.
  • Location: Bernardo Chapel (number 20). See church plan.
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Titian's The Assumption

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Titian's The Assumption (Chancel)

Basilica dei Frari Titian's The AssumptionThe high altar was consecrated on February 13, 1469. The frame with the two fluted columns of the Corinthian order, was made in 1516 by raising superior of the convent of the Friars Germano Casale. On the entablature are the statues of the Risen Christ, St. Francis and St. Anthony of Padua works by Lorenzo Bregna. The altar table was separated from the complex in 1825.

The impressive altarpiece commissioned to Titian in 1516 by Friar Germano, prior of the convent of the Friars, aroused the delivery, two years later, severe embarrassment to the client and rather cold welcome. The traditional iconography of the assumption into heaven of the Virgin was in fact completely renovated. After a period of exposure to the Accademia Gallery, where he became one of the favorite and acclaimed paintings of the nineteenth century, Titian's masterpiece is back to its original location on the main altar of the Basilica August 13, 1945, where today you can admire in the exact conditions for which the artist intended.

  • Artwork: Titian's The Assumption.
  • Artist/Author: Tiziano Vecellio
  • Date: 1518
  • Artistic Technique: Painting, oil on canvas.
  • Location: Chancel (number 13). See church plan.
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Triptych by Giovanni Bellini

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Triptych by Giovanni Bellini (Sacristy)

Basilica dei Frari Triptych by Giovanni BelliniThe work was commissioned ten years before its implementation by the Pesaro family's (branch of san Benedetto), who had placed his own chapel in the apse of the sacristy. In the central compartment depicting the Virgin Enthroned with Child and two angels playing musical instruments, while in the sides are placed on the left, the figures of St. Peter and St. Nicholas of Bari, on the right, St. Mark and St. Benedict. The frame that holds the tables was probably designed by Bellini and carved by Jacopo da Faenza.

  • Artwork: Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints (triptych).
  • Artist/Author: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date: 1488
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on table.
  • Location: Sacristy, apse (number 21). See church plan.
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