I Frari

sights / Religious

I Frari information

Venice , Italy
Campo dei Frari
San Polo 3072
Getting there
Ferry: San Tomà
adult/reduced €3/1.50
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-6pm Sun
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This soaring Italian-brick Gothic church features marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child triptych in the sacristy and Longhena's creepy Doge Pesaro funereal monument – yet visitors are inevitably drawn to the small altarpiece. This is Titian's 1518 Assumption, in which a radiant red-cloaked Madonna reaches heavenward, steps onto a cloud and escapes this mortal coil. Titian himself died in 1576 and is buried here near his celebrated masterpiece.

With his Assumption, Titian really outdid himself, upstaging even his own 1526 Pesaro Altarpiece near the entry.

Titian was lost to the plague at age 94, but legend has it that strict rules of quarantine were bent to allow his burial here.