The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore on the same-named island provided the most romantic view from Piazza di San Marco on the main island of Venice, with the its bell tower, echoing that in the center of the Piazza.
Beside being a focal point and a commanding place to view the teeming Piazza di San Marco, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore also boasted some wonderful paintings.
My favorite painting was the vast Last Supper in the presbytery by the great Jacopo Tintoretto, which placed Jesus in the middle of darkness, whose mysterious halo mirrored the suspended lamp above, with the flaming in the shape the holy ghost.
On the left side of the painting, the people were better illuminated and they were sedated, quiet and dignified, while the people to the right were more shrouded in the darkness, and their postures were much more animated, dynamic and uncertain. Perhaps, due to age, the painting was quite murky but that added a foreboding atmosphere to this larger-than-life painting.
Last Supper by the great Jacopo Tintoretto
My second favorite was The Fall of Manna by the same artist. The painting, mounted at the opposite side of the aisle, made a perfect companion piece to The Last Supper, even if not necessarily by design.
This large painting depicted the legend in a rather idyllic setting and atmosphere, an Arcadia, with people in classical costumes and poses, in exceeding dignity, collected Manna in a measured way. The coloration was more vivid, comparing the Last Supper, and the outdoor setting allowed the artist to give us a lovely landscape. The painting might not be accurate but it was a wonderful work.
The Fall of Manna by the great Jacopo Tintoretto
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