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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

On October 22, 1630, the government of the Serenissima Republic decided to build a votive temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary to celebrate the end of the Plague which had decimated more than a third of the Venetian population. The site chosen was one of the most prestigious.

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Madonna of Ca’ Pesaro

Basilica dei Frari - Artworks

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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Monument to Titian

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Monument to Titian

Basilica dei Frari Monument to TitianBy the will of Titian himself who expressed a desire to be buried in the Basilica dei Frari, at the foot of the altar of the Crucifix next to the Pietà, his last work, now located at the Academy, Luigi and Pietro Zandomeneghi, disciples of Canova, executed this impressive memorial in which the artist was placed August 27, 1576. At the center of the monument is a statue of Titian crowned with laurel; next to him the universal nature, the genius of knowledge and statues of Painting, Sculpture, Graphic and Architecture. At the corners of the base the two emperors who have linked their name to the great painter: Charles V and Ferdinand I of Austria. Five reliefs reminiscent of the most important religious works of the supreme painter.

  • Artwork: Monument to Titian.
  • Artist/Author: Luigi e Pietro Zandomeneghi
  • Date: 1838-52
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Right aisle, the second altar (number 29). See church plan.
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a magnificent edifice, devoted to the use of one of the greatest schools or fraternities of Venice, is truly rich and extraordinary, and one can scarcely conceive how an association of almost one hundred private citizens, could lavish so much wealth in erecting a perfect museum of the fine arts.

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Titian's The Assumption

Basilica dei Frari - Artworks

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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Tomb of Antonio Canova

Basilica dei Frari - Artworks

Tomb of Antonio Canova

Tomb of Antonio CanovaAfter the death of Antonio Canova, which took place October 13, 1822, his body was buried in Possagno (his hometown), while her heart was placed in an urn of porphyry kept at the Accademia in Venice. At the behest of Count Leopoldo Cicognara the monument was erected in the Basilica dei Frari with a model of one designed by Canova himself to Titian. The heart of the sculptor here was deposed in 1827.

  • Artwork: Monument to Antonio Canova.
  • Artist/Author: Antonio Bosa, Giuseppe Fabris, Rinaldo Rinaldi, Bartolomeo Ferrari, Luigi Zandomeneghi and Jacopo De Martini.
  • Date: 1822-27
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Left aisle (number 3). See church plan.
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