San Bartolomeo, Venice

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San Bartolomeo
Chiesa di San Bartolomeo (Venezia).jpg
The entrance and the bell-tower of San Bartolomeo
Basic information
Location Venice, Italy
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Completed 830

San Bartolomeo (Saint Bartholomew) is a church in Venice, Italy. It is near the Rialto Bridge in the sestiere, or neighborhood, of San Marco.


The church was supposedly founded in 830, and was originally dedicated to Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki. It was renovated in 1170, and became the church of the German community in Venice, whose commercial headquarters were nearby at the Fondaco dei Tedeschi.

The church was rebuilt again in the 18th century. The bell tower was built in 1747-1754 based on designs of Giovanni Scalfarotto.

Art works[edit]

Albrecht Dürer (with his Feast of the Rosary) and Sebastiano del Piombo both executed art works for the church which are now preserved elsewhere.[1][2]

The interior has two sculptures by the Venetian sculptor of German origin Enrico Merengo (Heinrich Meyring). On the right is an altarpiece by Lattanzio Querena of the Death of Francesco Saverio (1836). An altarpiece of Saint Michael (1798) is by Pietro Novelli. The sacristy leads to the Scoletta or Scuola Piccola della Nazione Tedesca: the hall of the German community with a series of canvases of the Life of the Virgin. Above the exit to the sacristy is a canvas of the Gathering of Manna by Sante Peranda. The right rear chapel has frescoes by Michelangelo Morlaiter and Sante Peranda. The chancel has a high altar by Meyring with three canvases by Palma the Younger, and a fresco on the ceiling by Michelangelo Morlaiter. On the left upper nave is a Miracle of the bronze serpents, also by Palma the Younger, while the left aisle houses a St. Matthew by Leonardo Corona and a Dormition by Pietro Muttoni.

The Gallerie dell'Accademia are repository of the organ doors that have been deposited and restored on a new support works of Sebastiano del Piombo: Saint Louis of Toulouse, Sébald of Nuremberg and Saint Bartholomew, Saint Sebastian.


  1. ^ Madonna of the Rose Garlands
  2. ^ "Organ Doors". Venice in Peril website. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Manno, Antonio (2004). The Rizzoli Art Guides, ed. The Treasures of Venice. New York: Rizzoli International Publications. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°26′15″N 12°20′11″E / 45.437569°N 12.336437°E / 45.437569; 12.336437