13 Sep 2019, Φ Venezia: Santa Maria della Salute

13.9.19 Venezia: Santa Maria della Salute

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Salute: … commonly known simply as the Salute … a Roman Catholic church … located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice … between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal … the most recent of the so-called plague churches … In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague … the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). … baroque style … Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death … an important addition to the Venice skyline … soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner … The Salute is a vast, octagonal building with two domes and a pair of picturesque bell-towers at the back. Built on a platform made of 1,000,000 wooden piles, it is constructed of Istrian stone and marmorino (brick covered with marble dust) …The façade is decorated with figures of Saint George, Saint Theodore, the Evangelists, the Prophets, Judith with the head of Holofernes.

Lit. – Basilica della Salute (2013): Basilica of Good Health in Venice. Edizioni KINA Italia. – Contents (selected): 1630 – The Plague; The Promise; The Vow; The Construction; The Madonna of Candia [Crete]; The Madonna of Good Health; The new life.