Scuola Grande dei Carmini

The Scuola dei Carmini, designed by Francesco Caustello and Baldassare Longhena and dedicated to St. Mary of Mount Carmel, was raised to the status of Scuola Grande in 1767.
Its brethren were lay citizens, with the exclusion of aristocratic and clerical figures.

The School’s aim was to give religious and economic support to the brothers, to provide alms to the poor, to assist the sick and contribute to their funerals, to provide a dowry for deserving young women to enable them to marry or enter a convent.

The internal rooms of the School have entirely preserved the original antique furniture, consisting of important oil paintings, rich stucco ceilings and original carved wooden dossals. In the Chapter Room, Giambattista Tiepolo painted - between 1739 and 1749 - the nine incomparable canvasses on the ceiling, depicting the theological and cardinal virtues, other than symbolic attitudes of the spirit; the paintings all refer to the Virgin, angels and cherubs bearing the scapular, the symbol of devotion, and the mariegola, the statute listing the confraternity’s rules; in the center, the large painting depicts "The apparition of Our Lady of Carmel to St. Simon Stock while giving him the scapular".

The Archive and the Hotel Rooms also contain masterpieces by G.B. Piazzetta (“Judith and Holofernes”) and by Padovanino (“The Assumption of the Virgin”).

Opening hours From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission tickets:
- 7€ Full
- 5€ Reduced for visitors over 65 and students
- Free entrance for children up to 6 years of age

Closing days: Christmas and New Year's Eve

Scuola Grande dei Carmini
Venezia, Dorsoduro 2616 - 2617
30123 - Venezia
Tel. 041-5289420 - Fax 041-5289420
01 Peggy Guggenheim Collection The most important museum in Italy for 20th-century European and American art,  with works by Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky, Miró, de Chirico, Dalí. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. Find out more 02 Chorus The churches of Venice guard of one of the world’s most extraordinary art treasures. Paintings, sculpture, gold and precious fabrics are all to be found in these fascinating monumental buidlings. Find out more 03 Scala Contarini del Bovolo Hidden in a labyrinth of streets and canals, just a few steps from Campo Manin, along one of the main Venetian tourist itineraries, stands an architectural jewel: the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Find out more Scuola Grande di San Rocco 04 Scuola Grande di San Rocco Tintoretto’s magnificent work is .."one of the most fascinating pictorial challenges of any age, and for its uniqueness represents for Venice that which Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel represents for Rome". Find out more
05 Museo della Musica The Museo della Musica is an exhibit dedicated to the making of stringed instruments. The marvelous pieces of this collection take the visitor on a journey into the history of music. Find out more 06 Scuola Grande dei Carmini Works by Tiepolo, Piazzetta and Longhena are some of this Scuola’s wonders. Find out more 07 Querini Stampalia Foundation In an itinerary of discovery, one must be sure to come to the Church of San Vidal where the Interpreti Veneziani are currently presenting their 32nd concert season. Find out more Interpreti Veneziani 08 Interpreti Veneziani In an itinerary of discovery, one must be sure to come to the Church of San Vidal where the Interpreti Veneziani are currently presenting their 32nd concert season. Find out more
Discover what to do
in Venice
Click the interested date to see the ArteMusicaVenezia events
Discover Venice
reserve a gondola ride, a guided tour or a limousine service
Discover Venezia