Hidden treasures

St. Joseph's and Father's day in Venice

Unknown places & works
Tiepolo_Nativit-

St. Joseph's and Father's day in Venice

March 19th is Father's Day and the day in which we celebrate St. Joseph, the ‘father' of Jesus.

There are countless representations of the Nativity with Christ in them but St. Joseph has always been portrayed as marginal and unimportant. However, there is an incredible exception in Venice: it is a painting by the famous painter Giovanbattista Tiepolo, which represents the birth of Jesus.

In fact, in the painting there is St. Joseph who is lovingly rocking the baby, like a good dad, and the Saint is assisted by two small angels, who are preparing the rolls of cloth to wrap him.

This incredible work adorns an altar in the church of San Zulian at the Mercerie of Rialto, dedicated to St. Joseph. When the church became part of the parish of St. Mark's at the beginning of the 800s, the painting, by Tiepolo, was transferred to the small church of St. Teodoro which is located next to the sacristy of the church. A few years ago the Patriarch Scola (now Archbishop of Milan and possible  successor of Benedict XVI) chose to decorate the new chapel in the patriarchal palace, where it remains today.

To visit the Palace of the Patriarchs of Venice, an imposing neoclassical building on the left of the medieval St Mark's Basilica, you should contact the Pastoral Office of Tourism at the Curia of Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The Italia Theatre in Cannaregio

teatro_Italia_venezia
Unknown places & works

Along the busy road linking Santa Lucia train station to the Rialto Bridge in Venice there stands a peculiar neo-Gothic building with t...

View

Treviso: Villa Condulmer in Mogliano Veneto and Giuseppe Verdi

villa-condulmer
Big Names

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most famous musicians of the 19th century... Even those who are not Opera experts recognise the arias of h...

View

Padua: The Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padua

teatro-anatomico-padova
Unknown places & works

The University of Padua, founded in 1222, is one of the most important symbols of culture in Italy... There are lots of places to disco...

View

Venice: The underwater Nativity set in the Venice lagoon

presepe-sommerso
Unknown places & works

On 26 January 1961 the Croatian Wrmac merchant ship sank off the island of Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, about 3 miles outside the harbo...

View

Top posts

Vicenza: The scenography of the Teatro Olimpico (‘Olympic theatre’)

olimpico-scenografia
Historical Curiosities

Vicenza is the city of Andrea Palladio (1508- 1580), one of the greatest architects of all time, especially as his classicism influence...

View

Padua: The ghosts in the Castle of Monselice

castello-monselice
Mysteries & Legends

Monselice is a splendid medieval town located on the hills south of Padova, offering stunning views on the surrounding landscape. The m...

View

Venice: The Othello by Orson Welles and the Bovolo stairs in Venice

Otello
Film Locations

Since the beginning of the seventh art, Venice has been chosen by many directors as a backdrop for movies, some have even made the hist...

View

Venice: The Garden of Eden on the Giudecca Island in Venice

giardino-eden-venezia
Unknown places & works

Behind the male prison on the Giudecca Island, there is a secret hidden garden, concealed from sight and with an intriguing name: the G...

View