Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

Scuola di San Giorgio

Venetian School of San Giorgio

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This building is the seat of the Confraternita degli Schiavoni, a charitable fraternity, still active to this day. Its importance is also due to its art collection, which is mainly by the Venetian artist Carpaccio.

The Scuola was opened in 1451 and demonstrated the presence of the Dalmatian (who where called Schiavoni) community. The Schiavoni were an important and wealthy trading group of Dalmatian merchants who built their own scuola, or confraternity. In fact the school took its name from the Dalmatian community itself, which became a corporation in 1451 with the patronage of saints George, Jerom and Tryphon.

This palace is important in Venetian history of art. Vittore Carpaccio, who was himself of Dalmatian descent, painted a series of nine masterpieces in which he represented the lives of St. George (patron saint of the scuola) and St. Jerome, the patron saint of Dalmatia. Scenes of their lives represented in the paintings include:

  • St. George while charging his ferocious dragon on a field littered with half–eaten bodies and skulls.
  • St. Jerome leading his lion into a monastery, frightening the friars.
  • St. Augustine having just taken up his pen to reply to a letter from St. Jerome when he and his little dog become transfixed by a miraculous light, and a voice telling them of St. Jerome's death.

In the mid-16th century the facade was transformed using marble, giving it its current appearance. The Scuola was closed by Napoleon and was later reopened, allowing the confraternity to be active again. It remains active to this day. 

Address: Calle dei Furlani, 3259/a, Castello
Phone: 041 5228828
Open Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 12pm, 3pm – 6pm
Closed on Mondays

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