Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto

Top choice church in Cannaregio

This elegantly spare 1365 brick Gothic church remains one of Venice's best-kept secrets. It was the parish church of Venetian Renaissance painter Tintoretto (1518–94), who filled the church with his paintings and is buried in the chapel to the right of the altar.

The church showcases two of Tintoretto's finest works: Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple and Last Judgment, where lost souls attempt to hold back a teal tidal wave while an angel rescues one last person from the ultimate acqua alta (high tide). It also had a Bellini masterpiece that was stolen in 1993 – note the empty space in the side chapel.


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