Angelo San Raffaele, Venice

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Facade of Chiesa dell'Angelo Raffaele

The Chiesa dell'Angelo San Raffaele (English: "Church of St. Raphael Angel") is a church in Venice, northern Italy, located in the sestiere Dorsoduro.


According to tradition, this church was one of the eight churches founded in Venice by St. Magnus of Oderzo. The church also suffered fires in 889, 1106 and 1149, each time being rebuilt. At the beginning of the 17th century the edifice was in poor condition, and was therefore demolished and rebuilt. Works were finished in 1743-1749.

The church plan is on the Greek cross, with the façade facing the channel with the same name. The interior houses sculptures by Sebastiano Mariani. The interior has also statues by Michelangelo Morlaiter. Among the statues is one of the Archangel Raphael leading a boy with a fish; the archangel was the patron protector of fishermen.

The center ceiling of the nave and the Baptistery has a decoration by Francesco Fontebasso. The present organ was built in 1821 by the brothers Antonio and Agostino Callido, son of the more famous organ maker, Gaetano Callido. It was restored by Giacomo Bazzani and his sons in 1848, and more recently by the Tamburini family.

This small church in a distant forgotten corner of Venice, however, it is best known for the painted organ doors, depicting the Story of Tobias attributed to the late 18th century vedutista, Gianantonio Guardi. While Guardi is also known for the misty lagoon vistas of Venice, in this religious painting, the scene explodes with scintillating brushstrokes, it is a parting demonstration that the Venetian school still had a flash of originality. The pittura di tocco world of these paintings exist in a world were clouds and bodies are feathered with color. A last firework of paint dabbed just a few decades before the real blasts of Napoleonic grapeshot were heard by the last Doge.

Additional works in the church include:




Coordinates: 45°25′57.02″N 12°19′8.37″E / 45.4325056°N 12.3189917°E / 45.4325056; 12.3189917