The pharmacy of the Scuola Grande di San Marco
The ancient civilian hospital of Venice, Scuola Grande di San Marco, was also endowed with a pharmacy. The latter is currently on display in a separate room, with a decorated portal, flanked by reliefs depicting healing scenes, in what was once a side chapel. The following items have been preserved from this pharmacy: several pieces of furniture, a number of drug containers, made of different materials, two portraits (Linnaeus, the father of biological classification and Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry), as well as several mortars and scales. One must note the large quantity of materia medica, of both mineral and vegetal origin, still preserved in the containers.