Venice has 'captured' the heart, mind and imagination of so many writers, poets, artists and historians. Venice is one of my favourite subjects in art, literature and history, and I am always eager to learn more and look more at this unique and special place. This Venice blog is my way of collecting the wealth of images, poems, prose and impressions of Venice.

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

One of the largest and liveliest of the Venice's many campi is Campo Santa Maria Formosa. The church has two facades - this one, facing the campo, has a broad plain facade which was built in 1604.

Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice capturingvenice.blogspot.com
Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello
The campanile was built from 1611 - 1688, and in between is a plain, box-like building, now an oratorio.  It was originally home to Scuola de la Purifacazione (1601) which later combined with the Scuola dei Fruttaroli in 1684.

In the background, to the left of the church, is the Renaissance Palazzo Malipiero Trevisan.
The palazzo was once home to Doge Pasqual Malipiero, the 66th Doge of Venice (serving from October 1457 to his death in May 1462).  The building is now a hotel.

Palazzo Malipiero Trevisan, Campo Santa Maria Formosa capturingvenice.blogspot.com
Detail of the photo above, showing Palazzi Malipiero Trevisan in Campo Santa Maria Formosa