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I Gesuati: Raking view of canal facade
An 18th century Dominican church in the Sestiere of Dorsoduro, on the Giudecca canal. The popular name comes from the founding order, the Jesuati (Jesuates), not to be confused with the Jesuits. The land was acquired from the Jesuati by the Dominicans in 1669. Its pedimented façade, with four giant engaged Corinthian columns and a minor order for the portal, has many Palladian echoes, although the clustered pilasters at the angles exhibit an undulating Rococo quality. The aisleless nave has three interconnected chapels on each side, articulated with a triumphal arch motif, while the choir features free-standing columns as in Palladio's Il Redentore. Rococo effects are particularly notable in the ceiling treatment at the Gesuati, particularly in the frames surrounding Giambattista Tiepolo's fresco decorations (1739). Lighting is exclusively from clerestory windows, leaving the chapels in shadow.