TINTORETTO
(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

View of the Sala dell'Albergo

1564-67
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

In 1564, Tintoretto decorated the ceiling of the Sala dell'Albergo with a central oval canvas, representing the Apotheosis of St Roch, surrounded by 16 allegories of various size: the Seasons, the allegories of the Scuole Grandi of Venice, the Virtues. On the largest wall of the room he finished the huge Crucifixion in 1565, then for the other walls, in 1566-67 he painted three more canvases related to the Passion of Christ (Christ before Pilate, Crowning with Thorns, Christ Carrying the Cross). Two figures of prophets were added to the decoration by Tintoretto's workshop.