Brick

Churches

Church of the Frari

Photographers: Anderson, 1900s
Copyright: RIBA Library Photographs Collection


The exteriors of Venetian churches were often of plain brickwork. The only decoration, apart from the occasional richly carved stone doorway, consisted of elaborate patterns in the brickwork, from the dogtooth and zigzag motifs typical of Veneto-Byzantine churches to the cusped pattern under the cornices found in Gothic churches such as Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.