San Martino, Venice

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San Martino di Venezia is a church in the sestiere of Castello of Venice.

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The church now stands near the Arsenale, and is officiated by a military chaplain. Initially founded in the 10th century, from 1546 to 1610 it was rebuilt based on a plan by Jacopo Sansovino. The facade (1897) was designed by Federico Berchet and Domenico Rupolo. The vault is frescoed with Saint Martin in Glory by Jacopo Guarana, with the quadratura painted by Domenico Bruni. The walls portray saints and evangelists by Matteo Zais. The mausoleum (1633) to Doge Francesco Erizzo was completed by Matteo Carneri. A chapel has a fresco cycle of the Glory of the Eucharist flanked by Sacrifice of Isaac and of Mechizedek on the walls by Fabio Canal. The 15th-century altar by Tullio Lombardo was brought here from the church of Santo Sepolcro. The sacristy is frescoed with a Last supper and Resurrection by Girolamo da Santacroce. The sacristy ceiling is frescoed by Antonio Zanchi and Domenico Bruni.

The organ was constructed by Nacchini and restored by Callido, and decorated with Last Supper (1549) by Gerolamo Santacroce. The first altar on the right has a St Cecilia and St Lorenzo Giustiniani by Giovanni Segala.

The church contains the funereal monument of Doge Francesco Erizzo designed by Mattia Carnero in 1633. The next altar towards the presbytery contains the canvas of Holy Family with St. Mark and Bishop Foca by Giovanni Laudis. The third altar has a Madonna in Sorrow by Palma il Giovane, next to Three angels with symbols of the passion and a Deposition by the same painter.

The pulpit was carved by Sebastiano Messenali (1752), and the small altar by Tullio Lombardo. There are also canvases by Gerolamo Santacroce, Christ Risen, and by Matteo Ponzone con St John the Evangelist writes the Apocalyptic Gospels.




  • The Treasures of Venice (2004) Antonio Manno. Rizzoli guide. page 234.
  • From Italian Wikipedia entry.

Coordinates: 45°26′05″N 12°20′56″E / 45.4346°N 12.349°E / 45.4346; 12.349