A visit to the church of Sant'alvise and to the nearby church of Madonna dell'Orto offers a precious occasion to explore the most authentic and secret part of Venice, represented by Cannaregio. This area is characterized by silent tranquility spaced out by the swarming of the cities daily routines; moreover it presents a geometrical map derived by the works of the territories reclamation occured in the latest past.
Originally a convent church, Sant'Alvise was, according to tradition, commissioned in honour of St. Louis of Toulouse by the Venetian noblewoman Antonia Venier in 1388 after the saint had appeared to her in a dream. The ceiling, entirely painted by Pietro Antonio Torri and Pietro Ricchi's frescoes, strike with absolute spectacularity.
Amongst the other works of art in the church one cannot omit to mention Christ carrying the Cross - a youthful masterpiece by Giambattista Tiepolo, who is represented in Sant'Alvise by other two early works: The Coronation with Thorns, and The Flagellation (1737-40). Nor should one overlook the delightful 15th-century tempera panels painted by Lazzaro Bastiani originally from the organ in the suppressed church of Le Vergini.
Chorus - Associazione per le Chiese del Patriarcato di Venezia
San Polo, 2986 - 30125 Venezia
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