Project Description

A new lighting system for the Salone San Giovanni,
Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice

A new lighting system for the Salone San Giovanni

Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice

Project director
Bruno Ranuffi

Lighting Design
Carlo Pallieri


Venetian Heritage

Start date
June 2023

End date
September 2023

69.000,00 €

The Salone San Giovanni, the chapter hall of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, designed to accommodate the General Assembly of the brotherhood, owes its majestic appearance to the architect Giorgio Massari, who worked on the old fifteenth-century hall between 1727 and 1762, creating this impressive space. On the back wall, the altar dedicated to the patron saint, replacing the previous wooden one, is a substantial work, made of light marble with gray veins, designed by Massari in 1728. In the center, the niche houses the statue of Giovanni Maria Morlaiter (1732-1733), depicting Saint John the Evangelist in the act of writing his gospel, flanked by an eagle and a little angel, symbols of divine inspiration. Most of the paintings on the walls depict episodes from the life of Saint John the Evangelist according to the “Legenda Aurea” by Jacopo da Varagine, while on the ceiling, there is a set of eighteenth-century scenes from the Book of Revelation, another work written by the author of the Fourth Gospel. Among the most significant paintings on the ceiling, we find the two corner compartments by Giandomenico Tiepolo.

The new lighting for the San Giovanni Hall of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, created with ERCO according to the design of lighting designer Carlo Pallieri and funded by the Venetian Heritage Foundation, represents the pinnacle of technological innovation in the field of optics. This lighting, inspired by the principle of environmental sustainability, adds new value to the pictorial chromaticism and the precious marbles that decorate the altar and the flooring. At the specific request of the commission, the system also allows flexible use of the space, which, thanks to different lighting scenarios, can adapt to host conferences, concerts, and social events.

ERCO technology had already been successfully used at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista to illuminate the Monumental staircase, a masterpiece of early Venetian Renaissance built by Mauro Codussi in 1498, recently restored and illuminated with the support of Venetian Heritage.