Chiesa di San Canciano

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, Italy, Venice

The church of San Canciano or San Canziano is a small church in the sestiere or neighborhood of Cannaregio in Venice. The church was supposedly founded in the year 864 when citizens from the mainland town of Aquileia fled to the lagoon islands of Venice to avoid the barabarian hordes. It was one of the churches under the jurisdiction of the patriarch of Grado who lived in Venice. It is dedicated to the two brothers and a sister who were martyred for their faith at Aquileia. The church at the site was renovated in 1330, consecrated in 1351, and restored in 1550, and again finally reshaped in the early 18th century to a design by Antonio Gaspari. The facade was rerected in 1706 using a bequest from Michele Tommasi. The Campanile dates to 1532. The nave ceiling was raised during the rebuilding in the mid-18th century using designs of Giorgio Massari. The four side altars dedicated to the Madonna have canvases by Giuseppe Angeli and Bartolomeo Letterini. The rich sculptural and stucco decoration was contributed by the Widmann family. Clemente Moli sculpted the statue of San Maximus, first bishop of Cittannova in Istria. The chancel altapiece depicts The Glory of the martyred Saints Canzio, Canziano, and Canzianilla attributed to Paolo Zoppo.It is flanked by a painting of the Probatic Pond and Multiplcation of the loaves by Domenico Zanchi. The chapel on the left dedicated to St Venerando contains an altarlpiece of the Madonna and St. Filippo Neri by Nicola Ranieri. The Altar of the Immaculate Virgin, second to left, was financed by Flaminio Corner in 1735.