MACCARUZZI, Bernardino
(b. ca. 1728, Venezia, d. 1800, Venezia)

San Rocco: Façade

Campo di San Rocco, Venice

The renovation of the façade of the church of San Rocco was the most important commission of Bernardino Maccaruzzi's career. In 1756 an architectural competition had been promoted by the Scuola of San Rocco for which Giorgio Fossati submitted the best design that was accepted in 1757. However, later it was overturned, Bernardino Maccaruzzi received the commission and he worked on the building along totally different lines from 1765 until 1771. The resulting work, completed late in the century, is deeply rooted in Baroque language and full of theatrical taste in its decoration.