The relief of St Mark and St Aniano in the Calegheri School in VeniceUnknown places & works
The relief of St Mark and St Aniano in the Calegheri School in Venice
In Venice, the workers were usually organized into brotherhoods, called Scuole, which had religious and social functions, because they were also used as labour unions.
The Calegheri School, Venetian term for 'cobblers', founded in 1278, had been located in San Tomà Square in San Polo since 1446. Today the building is home to the public library.
The lunette of the arched portal, located in a central position, has a low relief (in which there are still traces of polychromy in the background and on the garments), which represents St Mark healing St Aniano (1478) - the work of the important 15th century sculptor Pietro Lombardo.
Legend has it that the Evangelist Mark, after his trip in Cyrenaica, arrived in Alexandria, Egypt; here he was forced to look for a shoemaker as one of his sandals was broken. He then went into Anianus's workshop who, while busy repairing, pricked his hand with a needle. The cobbler then burst into tears screaming Heis ho Theos (God is one) in pain. Mark took the opportunity to preach the Gospel, while miraculously curing his wound. For this St Aniano is considered the patron saint of shoemakers. In fact, on the lintel of the door of the Calegheri school there are reliefs representing footwear of the era.
Would you like to know other curious anecdotes about Venice? Francesca, author of our article and a licensed tour guide, will be happy to take you through Venice to narrate other fascinating facts and legends on this magical and mysterious city!
Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...View
Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace
The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...View
Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna
For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...View
Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon
The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...View
Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua
When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...View
Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio
Unknown places & works
Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...View