Church of Madonna dell’Orto

CHURCH OF MADONNA DELL’ORTO

The Church of Madonna dell’Orto can quite rightly be called “Tintoretto’s church”: this great artist spent most of his life in the surroundings, he was buried here and his teleri full of pathos transfigure the interior. It was built in the 14th century but was renovated in the 15th century so in its tripartite façade in terracotta feature transition elements from Romanesque to Gothic and from Gothic to Renaissance style. The interior, with its basilical plan with three naves, boasts (from the right nave) St. John the Baptist between St. Peter, St. Mark, St. Jerome, and St. Paul by Cima da Conegliano, and the mystic Presentation of Mary at the Temple by Tintoretto. On the Presbytery wallshang majestically three large canvases by the same author: the Last Judgment, the Adoration of the Golden Calf and Moses Receives the Tables of the Law.

The teleri in the apse (Fortitude, Justice, Temperance, Courage) are by Tintoretto too. In the left aisle, note his Miracle of St. Agnes and Virgin Mary with Christ Child by Giovanni Bellini.