Hidden treasures

Saint Augustine's Vision by Carpaccio in Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice

Unknown places & works

Saint Augustine's Vision by Carpaccio in Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice

Not far away from Piazza San Marco is a place where time seems to have stopped: Scuola degli Schiavoni, the School of Dalmatians.

During Napoleonic suppressions, this brotherhood was amongst the few ones to either not be abolished or lose its artistic heritage. Its collection includes a cycle of early sixteenth century canvas by Vittore Carpaccio about the lives of George, Jerome and Trifone, the three titular saints of the school.

Saint Augustine in His Study is undoubtedly the most famous painting of the entire cycle. It tells the story of Saint Jerome appearing to Augustine announcing him his imminent death and ascent into Heaven. The artist portraits the saint in his studio, as his reading is distracted by the voice of Saint Jerome, coming as a luminous shape near the desk. The miraculous announcement takes place in a room that is typical of an acculturated humanist of Carpaccio's age, depicted with his usual attention to details.

The observer's attention is caught by several open books, some with music lines, boxes, writing tools and other curious objects like a small bell and a shell. In the middle of the room is a recess with an altar where, as the drawn curtain shows, Augustine keeps his vestments and liturgic objects.

In the center of the room is a Maltese dog and a cartouche with the artist's signature and date.

Venice still preserves many artistic treasures like this painting cycle, many of which unbeknown to the great public and therefore not included, or even ignored, in the usual guided tours. Francesca, our special guide, organizes private guided tours to discover these places and works of art hidden among the beautiful palaces and the narrow streets of Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The reredos of the Chapter Hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice

Unknown places & works

When visiting the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice - perhaps one of the most significant monuments of the lagoon city - one is alwa...

View

Vicenza: The Odeon cinema in Vicenza, one of the oldest in the world

Historical Curiosities

Perhaps not everyone knows that in Vicenza there is one of the oldest cinemas in the world, still open today! Originally the hall was a...

View

Venice: The bells of St. Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice

Historical Curiosities

St Mark’s Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square is one of the symbols of Venice, but not everyone knows that the original building collapse...

View

Treviso: Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Tomb in Altivole

Big Names

Near Asolo, the reign of the queen Catherine Corner, there is a small village called Altivole... Its cemetery is renowned for containin...

View

Top posts

Venice: The Rialto Bridge in Venice and the Doge's daughter

Mysteries & Legends

There are many stories and legends related to the famous Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, but few people know the one that h...

View

Venice: Campo delle Gatte in Venice

Unknown places & works

The names of the streets in Venice can be very unusual… For example, when you walk around the Castello district, you will come across...

View

Venice: The Doge Enrico Dandolo and the conquest of Constantinople

Big Names

The history of the Venetian Republic was inextricably linked to the Doge's charismatic personality, but also adventurers and traitors, ...

View

Venice: The three wellheads of the San Trovaso Church

Historical Curiosities

In the charming Dorsoduro district in Venice, there is the ancient church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, called San Trovaso in Veneti...

View