Ospedaletto

Church in Castello

Like Vivaldi’s Pietà, this Ruskin-baiting 16th-century church – which the celebrated art critic thought ‘the most monstrous example of the Grotesque Renaissance…in Venice’ – was famous for its female musicians. The accomplished girls came from the adjoining orphanage, designed by Antonio Sardi, and played amid Baldassare Longhena’s trumpeting angels and in the charming frescoed music room.

The church is now deconsecrated and the complex is owned by IRE, a public institution that runs homes for the elderly. It's not currently open to the public.


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