From Scoletta to Scuola Grande
|Scuola Grande di San Rocco|
San Rocco (Saint Roch) was a fourteenth century French saint, who devoted his life to caring for the sick. The saint's cult as a healer, particularly in cases of the plague, spread throughout Italy.
|Scoletta di San Rocco|
The confraternity soon outgrew its small hall (by 1514 it had 500 members) and in 1517 work began on a much grander and more lavishly decorated building, which was finished in 1560. The contrast between the two buildings couldn't be greater!
The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a show piece for the art of one man, Jacopo Tintoretto, who, from 1564 to 1588, produced more than sixty paintings for it.