Hidden treasures

The Sacristy of the Church of St. Stephen's

Unknown places & works
sacrestia-santo-stefano

The Sacristy of the Church of St. Stephen's

In one of the most beautiful and sunniest squares in Venice there stands the imposing Church of St. Stephen, erected at the behest of the Eremitani monks in the 13th century and rebuilt in the following two centuries.

This sumptuous Gothic building has many interesting aspects, such as the ceiling shaped as an overturned hull, the tomb of the great captain and doge Francesco Morosini and the canal that runs underneath the main altar. But perhaps its most noteworthy element is the Sacristy, built in 1525 and dedicated to the Archangel Gabriel.

The interior of the Sacristy houses a small museum of paintings and sculptures of the Venetian Renaissance. On the side walls we find The Last Supper (1579-80), the Risen (1565), Christ Washing the Apostles Feet (1579-80) and the Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (1579-80) by Jacopo Tintoretto -originating from the church of Santa Margherita - and a Sacred Family with Maria Maddalena and Saint Caterina (1528-30) by Bonifacio de' Pitati. Also worth mentioning are Saint Nicola from Bari and Saint Lorenzo (1475) by Bartolomeo Vivarini, placed side by side to Giuseppe Angeli's Crucifixion (1775), and above the Martyrdom of Saint Stefano (1638) by Sante Peranda.

On the opposite side, you can admire The Escape from Egypt, the Adoration of the Three Wise Man and the Massacre of the Innocents (1733) by Gaspare Diziani.

From the sacristy you can access a small cloister that houses the museum of sculptures of the church. Among these are the bust-relief of Saint Sebastian (1455-1532) by Tullio Lombardo,  Saint Andrea and Saint Girolamo (1476-1480) by Pietro Lombardo and his assistants and the beautiful funerary stele of Senator Giovanni Falier by Antonio Canova (1808).

The church of St. Stephen is open only Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. It is located in Venice, in Campo Santo Stefano, at a short distance from the ‘Accademia’ and' S. Angelo' stops of Venice's public transport. If you are interested in Tintoretto we invite you to have a look at our special Tintoretto 500 section, created on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of his birth. Here you can find info, tickets for events and exhibitions on Tintoretto and original guided tours to get in touch with his masterpieces preserved in Venice.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: 'Duri i banchi!': the meaning of a famous motto in Venice

duri-i-banchi
Figures of speech

The Venetians are a people of workers, proud and deeply attached to their city, and for these reasons, they never surrender to hardship...

View

Venice: Coronavirus is not (fortunately) Venice’s new plague

peste
Historical Curiosities

As recently as a month ago the Coronavirus or COVID-19 started to affect our lives causing much disruption. It appeared precisely in ou...

View

Venice: History of the Queen of Venice Carnival: Frittella!

Frittelle_di_carnevale
Local Traditions

It is Carnival time...and what could be better than biting into a soft and tasty Venetian frittella? Frittella, ‘fritoea or fritola...

View

Venice: The legend of Melusina and the stone heart of Sotoportego dei Preti

Melusina
Mysteries & Legends

February: the feast of lovers is approaching and you are thinking of relishing magical experiences together with your better half in Ve...

View

Top posts

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View