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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
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Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants, Courtesans and Painters
Ranked #8 of 700 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally built in the mid-13th century, Santa Maria Glorisoa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars) houses many masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance art, notably Giovanni Bellini's triptych "Madonna and Child with Saints," the "Assumption" and the "Pesaro Madonna" by Titian, Saint John the Baptist by Donatello.
Chico, California
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“Great tour”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

Very interesting would recommend Luisella Romeo See Venice tours

Visited April 2012
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“Just a total knock out”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

If you only visit one church in all of Venice, the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, aka “the Frari” is it. While the Basilicca is Byzantine, the Frari is pure, soaring, spiritual, take your breath away, Gothic. You walk in the front door, and the whole 100 metre long nave is laid out before you, a visual procession. There is a monument to the sculptor, Canova, which is the most achingly beautiful work of art I have seen anywhere. It was created by Canova’s pupils, to a design created by Canova, but intended as a monument to Titian. It is simplicity in itself, the figures at human scale, the bronze door into the sepulchure where Canova’s heart rests in an urn is invitingly ajar. The angel and lion of Venice are both mourning, and the funeral procession leads to the bronze doors, representing the gap, the space, the ultimate divide between living and dead. You could study the face of the woman carrying the urn for hours. It brings a lump to my throat, a tingle up the spine.

The monument to Titian stands opposite, and shows in bas-relief the painting by Titian, the Assumption of the Virgin, that stands over the altar. Titian died of the plague, and always wished to buried in the Frari. At the time, authorities had decreed that plague victims were to be buried in mass graves. A rare exception was made for Titian, and he’s buried in the Frari, as a genius ought be.

Titian painted a madonna for the Pesaro family in 1509, which hangs in the Frari. There are both Saints, and members of the Pesaro family in the painting. The faces are all turned to the Madonna, except St Peter, who is looking at Jacopo Pesaro, Titian’s patron, who kneels to give thanks. And also, Lunardo Pesaro, who gazes outwards towards the viewer, almost in a way confronting the viewer, challenging the viewer. “Well, are you going to look at the Madonna, or are you going to look at me”. He inherited the family fortune, and looks as if he knows it is coming his way.

Visited November 2011
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“Unique Venice Art”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

A bit different than most churches around italy. Some of the art was pretty amazing anf the tombs are a sight to see. Only 3 euro, a great bargain compared to other venice sites.

Visited May 2012
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“Spectacular church”
Reviewed 4 May 2012

This is a hidden gem. To us, more spectacular than San Marco bascilica. Elegant and stately. Very impressive.

Visited April 2012
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“Beautiful church, vell worth it the entry”
Reviewed 3 May 2012

One of the best art experience in Venice, where you can see Donatello, Titiano´s paintings.

Visited May 2012
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