From Franco Murer’s works to Tessitura Bevilacqua’s creations: the Scuola Grande of San Rocco

During these days, the Scuola Grande of San Rocco opened its spaces to two exhibitions that feature drawings and fabrics.

The Scuola Grande of San Rocco, already known as the host of Tintoretto’s works, is the biggest of the nine Schools originally on the Venetian territory. The works that you can find inside are all by Tintoretto, that’s because he painted them properly for this place, him being one of the most important characters of the School.

The first exhibition is dedicated to Lepanto’s battle because of the 450th anniversary and it’s called “Lepanto 1571 – 2021 – The main characters of the battle”, it collects several drawings by the artist Franco Murer, who dedicated them to the historical event that saw the Venetian fleet defeating the Ottoman army.

Cervantes e la battaglia di Lepanto – Franco Murer

Franco Murer is an important Italian artist that, among his activities, had the opportunity to create a fountain for the Vatican’s gardens.

The artist was already hosted by the city of Lepanto in 2015, with an exposition entitled “Memories in black and white”, linked to the story about the greek-Albanian military campaign in which the Italian soldiers took part.

Until the first of November, the Scuola Grande of San Rocco will host Franco Murer’s works, which are a good match with Tintoretto’s works proposing so a new expositive path that combines two artists representative of the Italian territory.

The second exhibition, “The color of Venetian fabrics”, is a collection of Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua’s creations with the intent to celebrate Venice’s birth through unique handmade fabrics, each one with particular and precious decorations.

Tessuti Bevilacqua

The Tessitura Bevilacqua is still in function and continues the historical family tradition by creating fabrics that are works of art, in particular through the processing of Soprarizzo velluto, still produced through an original XVIII century looms. It’s a complex creation that distinguishes into two levels, the velluto tagliato and the velluto riccio.
Great examples are the Soprarizzos made for the White House or the Decò Soprarizzo, or the one ideated for the Russian Kremlin.

The month of October is really full of events at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where it’s possible to have a more complete vision of the several Venetian arts, from drawings to fabrics and the timeless Tintoretto.

Casa Bianca, Tessuto Bevilacqua – Courtesy of Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua