Chiesa di Santo Stefano
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La Galleria Van der Koelen
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Chiesa di Santo Stefano information
The free-standing bell tower behind it leans disconcertingly, but this brick Gothic church has stood tall since 1325. Credit for ship-shape splendour goes to Bartolomeo Bon for the marble entry portal and to Venetian shipbuilders, who constructed the vast wooden carena di nave (ship’s keel) ceiling that resembles an upturned Noah’s Ark.
Enter the cloisters museum to see Canova’s 1808 funerary stelae featuring gorgeous women dabbing their eyes with their cloaks, Tullio Lombardo’s wide-eyed 1505 saint, and three brooding 1575–80 Tintorettos: Last Supper, with a ghostly dog begging for bread; the gathering gloom of Agony in the Garden ; and the abstract, mostly black Washing of the Feet . Observe a moment of silence near the apse, and you may hear the subterranean canal burbling under the choir stalls.