San Rocco, Venice
|Church of Saint Roch
Chiesa di San Rocco
Facade of the Chiesa di San Rocco.
|Length||40 metres (130 ft)|
|Width||20 metres (66 ft)|
The Church of Saint Roch (Italian: Chiesa di San Rocco) is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Roch in Venice, northern Italy. It was built between 1489 and 1508 by Bartolomeo Bon the Younger, but was substantially altered in 1725. The façade dates from 1765 to 1771, and was designed by Bernardino Maccarucci. The church is one of the Plague-churches built in Venice.
St. Roch, whose relics rest in the church after their transfer from Voghera (trad. Montpellier) in, was declared a patron saint of the city in 1576. Every year, on his feast day (16 August), the Doge made a pilgrimage to the church.
The body of Saint Roch was brought to Venice where his body was said to have been surreptitiously translated and was triumphantly inaugurated in 1485. It was decided to build a church to cover it, and a confratenity, already established in 1478 in the neighborhood for the care of the sick poor, engaged themselves to pay for its erection. The Scuola di San Rocco (English: Confraternity of St. Roch) took eventually its name from the church.
The church interior is notable for its Tintoretto paintings including:
- Annunciation and St Roch presented to the Pope on west wall.
- St. Roch taken to Prison (attributed) and The Pool of Bethesda on south wall of the nave.
- St. Roch curing the plague victims, St. Roch comforted by an Angel, St. Roch in Solitude and St. Roch healing the Animals (attributed) in chancel.
- St. Christopher and St Martin on Horseback by Pordenone hang on north wall of the nave.
- Zenkert, Astrid (2003). Tintoretto in der Scuola di San Rocco, Ensemble und Wirkung. Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth Verlag. ISBN 3-8030-1918-4.
- Wittmann, Heiner (1996). Sartre und die Kunst. Die Porträtstudien von Tintoretto bis Flaubert. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag. ISBN 3-8233-5167-2.
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