90. The foundation stone had already been laid in the previous year. After a disagreement in 1524 Bon resigned his position, but in 1527 the established local architect, Antonio Scarpagnino, was appointed to replace him. In 1527 the Scuola di San Rocco was still one of the two poorest of the scuole grandi, and regretted having spent so large a proportion of its revenues on building rather than investing for the future. However, this was the year of another severe outbreak of plague. As a result, the number of private donations to the Scuola funds, from people hoping to protect themselves from the disease, rose to its highest level ever, and gave the impetus to continue the building. 85 The main structure seems to have been largely complete by the time of Scarpagnino’s death in 1549. Soon the Scuola had sufficient resources to employ Tintoretto to paint EARLY RENAISSANCE 157 90 Canaletto, The Feast of San Rocco, c.1735 National Gallery, London.
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