Madonna of the Orto Church

In this chapter we discuss one of the most beautiful and evocative churches in the Cannaregio District, the Madonna of the Orto Church .

The Madonna of the Orto Church  is located in a rather isolated area, and is often referred to as the English church of Venezia, since British funds helped restore it after the 1966 flood. The neighborhood is quiet, frequented more by locals than by tourists. The original church, founded in the fourteenth century, was dedicated to Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers, who protected the many boatmen of Venezia. The church was rebuilt in the fifteenth century, and dedicated to the Madonna after the discovery in a nearby vegetable garden of Virgin statue, which was said to have miraculous powers.

This beautiful Gothic church located in the Cannaregio district is all covered in red brick, and its interiors are large, bright and very neat. Tra i suoi maggiori tesori sono le opere del Tintoretto esposti nel presbiterio, a destra “Il Giudizio Universale” e a sinistra “L’adorazione del vitello d’oro mentre Mosè riceve le tavole della legge”, il quale trascorse trenta anni della sua vita qui, avendo l’abitazione e lo studio qui vicino.  Among his greatest treasures are the works of Tintoretto exposed in the presbytery, on the right "The Last Judgment" and on the left "The adoration of the golden calf while Moses receives the tables of the law", who spent thirty years of his life here , having home and atelier nearby.

At the end he was buried inside the church, in the chapel to the right of the presbytery, indicated by a plaque. Other very important works that we can find are the altarpiece of Cima da Conegliano, "Saint John the Baptist among the saints Peter, Marco, Girolamo and Paolo", the altarpiece of Palma il Giovane with "The Annunciation” and "The Archangel Raphael and Tobias "by Tiziano.

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