Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli
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Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli information
When Nicolò di Pietro’s Madonna icon started miraculously weeping in its outdoor shrine around 1480, crowd control became impossible. With pooled resources and marble scavenged from San Marco slag-heaps, neighbours built this chapel (1481–89) to house the painting. Pietro and Tullio Lombardo's miraculous design dropped grandiose Gothic in favour of human-scale harmonies, introducing Renaissance architecture to Venice.
The father-son team creatively repurposed polychrome marbles plundered from Egypt to Syria from the sides of Basilica di San Marco. Note fine scrollwork capitols, and Venetian fish-scale patterns framing veined-marble panels.
The lofty vaulted interior and domed apse seem effortless, but they're marvels of Renaissance engineering, achieved without the Gothic gimmick of buttressing. Look closely at the chancel staircase – there are angels and mermaids carved right into the railings by Tullio Lombardo. In a prime example of Renaissance humanism, Pier Maria Pennacchi filled each of the 50 wooden coffered ceiling panels with a bright-eyed portrait of a saint or prophet dressed as a Venetian, like a class photo in a school yearbook.