Built in 1260, it was one of the oldest Grand Schools in Venice and is part of the list of the so-called "dei Battuti" schools.

As per tradition, this school also carried out humanitarian roles of support and charity towards the less well-off through the careful use of the resources received from the Republic and from donations.

The door on the left side of the entrance is decorated with Gothic aedicules with the patron saints of the school while the interior, with a coffered ceiling, is full of works of particular importance including, first of all, the "Presentation of Maria al Tempio "by Vecellio Tiziano (1538) and the "Triptych of the Madonna of Charity" by Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni d'Alemagna (1480).

In 1760 the building was restored by Bernardino Maccaruzzi and Giorgio Massari, completely replacing the Gothic facade and opening the portal onto the campo (the facade was then rearranged to become the current one only in 1830 following the works of the architects Selva and Lazzari) .

The original architectural features of the building were only guaranteed by a magnificent painting by Canaletto.

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