Festa di San Rocco
|Scuola Grande di San|
This morning, I, and what seemed like half of Venice, took advantage of the chance to save 10 euros and paid the scuola a visit.
The benches, the work of Francesco Pianta il Giovane (1634?-92), are surmounted by elaborately carved panels, which rise to a height of about twelve feet. The panels are punctuated by half-length figures, which, on the east wall, take the form of arresting, and often bizarre, allegories. The carvings are magically lit by what look like huge Chinese lanterns, which are known as fantolini. I was mesmerised by them. Nothing else by the carver survives, apart from a clock in the sacristy of the Frari, which I have often observed.