One of the many churches that will attract your attention in Venice is the Gesuiti, which you will pass if you’re on the way to the Fondamenta Nove in Cannaregio.
The long building seen in the photo above, attached to the church, is the ex-Ospedale dei poveristori. (Thank you, Bert, for bringing it to my attention.) I’m frustrated in my attempts to find out anything about this building, but the name suggests it would have offered care and shelter to the poor. (povero=poor)
What Bert had mentioned was the bas-relief on the wall of the ospedale, which I had merrily passed many times, without so much as a glance.
Here is a view of the carving. The date on the panel (MDXI) is 1511, which predates the time when the Jesuits took over this church, in 1657.
OK, what Saint is this, with shears in one hand, a bag of money (perhaps), clasped in his left hand and a tower and other buildings in the background?
My efforts (not successful) took me to many sites, including this one, saintsart where I found out more than I ever want to know about martyrs! And, do you know how many names of saints begin with “H”? I take it that the carving behind the saint (HOB) does indicate a clue to his name.
Can we agree that this represents Mary and Jesus? Good, on to the next person represented.
I believe this might be Saint Barbara. The arrow and plume in one hand, the tower with 3 windows in her left hand are among her saintly symbols. We’ve encountered her before, here is one version of her story. liturgicalyear
Now my tale is told, and I need a cup of coffee.