Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa
Palazzo Querini Stampalia
In 1869 Conte Giovanni Querini Stampalia made a gift of his ancestral palazzo to the city on the forward-thinking condition that its...
Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Located in the first floor apartments of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia, this museum reflects the 18th-century tastes and interests of...
The Grimani family built their Renaissance palazzo to house an extraordinary Graeco-Roman collection, which was destined to become the...
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Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa information
Originally built from wood and thatched with straw, in 842 Santa Maria Formosa was the first church on the Rialto to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Destroyed by fire in 1106, the church was refashioned by Mauro Codussi in 1492 with new baroque curves that make good on its name – 'Shapely St Mary'. So does Palma il Vecchio’s polyptych of the forceful-looking St Barbara swathed in a billowing red cape atop the Third Altar dedicated to the School of Shipbuilders, of whom she is patron saint.
According to legend, the church's curious name was inspired by a vision of San Magno, Bishop of Oderzo, although another, more likely, version of events claims the name was confused with the address of a comely courtesan, who lived on the square in the 16th century. Certainly, Veronica Franco (1546–91), one of Venice’s most famous courtesans and an accomplished poetess, frequented literary salons at Ca’ Vernier opposite the church, and the stage-set campo was a lively social hub.