Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
|Vision of Saint Augustine by Vittore Carpaccio|
The room in which they hang was described by John Ruskin as 'a little room about the size of the commercial parlour of an old-fashioned inn...'. While Henry James wrote: 'The place is small and incommodious, the pictures are out of sight and ill-lighted, the custodian is rapacious, the visitors are mutually intolerable, but the shabby little chapel is a palace of art.'
Notwithstanding the size, in most other respects the situation has improved since the days of Ruskin and James.
I like to think of Carpaccio as a true Venetian, by which I mean he seems to have had a penchant for small dogs. He often puts a pooch in a painting, as we can see here in his Vision of St Augustine.
|Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni|