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SCUOLA GRANDE DEI CARMINI (SCUOLA GRANDE DI SANTA MARIA DEL CARMELO)

SCUOLA GRANDE DEI CARMINI (SCUOLA GRANDE DI SANTA MARIA DEL CARMELO)
Venice, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Though not officially founded until the year 1594, the Scuola Grande dei Carmini traces its roots to 1286, when the institution was established as one of the earliest civic and charitable confraternities in Venice. Work on the Scuola Grande continued from 1626, when the order expanded its original building, through 1668, when it acquired a second building to accommodate its growing needs. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Beginning in 1971 and continuing through the end of the decade, WMF undertook extensive repairs of the Scuola Grande’s structure and its decorative program. A conservation team restored the scuola’s 52 paintings, its roof and walls, and ornamental metalwork. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Scuola Grande dei Carmini, like many of the great Venetian scuole, reflects the long tradition of civic engagement and the rich artistic legacy that modern Venice has inherited. At Carmini, this tradition includes not only paintings and architecture, but decorative craft, carpentry, and metalwork from some of the city’s finest artisans. (...)