Church of the Zitelle Venice
Church of the Zitelle. The church is part of third prong which Palladio, after S. Giorgio and the Redentore in the urban renewal project of the southern basin of S. Marco.
The church of Santa Maria della Presentazione, or delle Zitelle, was built between 1581 and 1588. Sources indicate that seventeenth-century architect Andrea Palladio the author of the project and, despite the absence of documents, the assignment appears stylistically justified. The original idea was probably inspired by a model of a central plan votive temple then converted , currently under construction, by Giacomo Bozzetto in relation to the need to tighten the church within the wings of the house delle Zitelle and limited to modest economic means of institute.
The pious work was founded in 1561 by Venetian ladies on inspiration of the Jesuit Benedict Palmio, to give asylum to their attractiveness for young girls who were forced into prostitution. Inside there are paintings of L. Bassano, J. Palma il Giovane Aliense, P. Ricci, as well as sculptures by J. Sansovino and S. M. Morlaiter.
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