Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Jesuit Church Of Venice: Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti

This church is not more than three or four minutes' walk from Sta. Caterina.
Nothing that spacious design and the use of rich material can do has been spared to make the building imposing. Over the first altar to the left, in the nave, is the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, by Titian. In spite of the darkening of this picture, it enforces a deep impression of irresistible power. St. Lawrence lies on an iron cage, with fire below. The only points of high light come from a basket of burning fuel and from a break in the clouds, through which light from heaven falls on the saint.
Link (here) to the original book entitled Venice by Grant Allan first published in 1898

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