Basilica dei Frari in Venice
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Formosa dei Frari, more commonly known as “i Frari”, is a majestic minor basilica locted in Venice's Campo dei Frari.
Of the various works of art to be found in this church, the most significant are without doubt the grandiose altarpiece of the Assunta (Mary of the Assumption) and the Pesaro Madonna by Titian.
Giovanni Bellini's triptych depicting the Madonna with Child at the centre with four saints to the sides is displayed in the sacristy. The painting is further embellished by an inlaid wood frame by Jacopo da Faenza.
Then there are the Martirio di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (Martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria) by Palma il Giovane, San Giuseppe da Copertino in estasi (St. Joseph of Cupertino in ecstasy) by Giuseppe Nogarini, and the Presentazione di Gesù al Tempio (Presentation of Jesus at the Temple) by Salviati.
There are also important sculptures, such as the sculpture of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist) by Donatello, his first recorded Venetian work,of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist) by Sansovino and of Cristo Risorto (Christ Resurrected) by Alessandro Vittoria.
Of the many funeral monuments, the grandiose Baroque monument of the Doge Giovanni Pesaro, a masterpiece by Longhena, and the Neoclassical tomb designed by the great sculptor Antonio Canova, whose heart was placed in an urn within are worthy of particular note.
Titian’s funerary monument is also nineteenth century.