The Decoration of Guild Halls

  • D. S. Chambers
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The ‘Scuola’ was a peculiarly Venetian institution, with no roots in economic or political life, as had the Florentine Guilds; its functions were social, religious and philanthropic. The Scuola of San Marco was one of the six greatest of these fraternities; it had suffered a disastrous fire in 1485 and its rebuilding was subsidised by the Senate. In spite of the family piety and professed indifference to money of the Bellini brothers, which appear in this decorating contract, neither was able to do very much in the Scuola, largely owing to their major commission in the Hall of the Greater Council.


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