I Gesuiti

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Giddily over the top even by rococo standards, this gaudy, glitzy 18th-century Jesuit church is difficult to take in all at once, with a staggering spaceship of a pulpit , white-and-green inlaid marble floors, and undulating marble walls crowned with gilded stucco. Gravity is provided by Titian’s uncharacteristically gloomy Martyrdom of St Lawrence , on the left as you enter the church.

Also playing against type here is Tintoretto’s Assumption of the Virgin , in the northern transept. This image is the antithesis of Tintoretto's dark images in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, showing the Virgin on her merry way to heaven, with the light step of Tiepolo and a rosy glow that nods at Titian. Interior scaffolding for essential structural reinforcements may limit access and church views.