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Venezia. Palazzo Ducale

Venezia. Palazzo Ducale

The north side of the courtyard is closed by the junction between the palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, which used to be the Doge’s chapel. At the center of the courtyard stand two well-heads dating from the mid-16th century.
In 1485, the Great Council decided that a ceremonial staircase should be built within the courtyard. The design envisaged a straight axis with the rounded Foscari Arch, with alternate bands of Istrian stone and red Verona marble, linking the staircase to the Porta della Carta, and thus producing one single monumental approach from the Piazza into the heart of he building. Since 1567, the Giants’ Staircase is guarded by Sansovino’s two colossal statues of Mars and Neptune, which represents Venice’s power by land and by sea, and therefore the reason for its name. Members of the Senate gathered before government meetings in the Senator’s Courtyard, to the right of the Giants’ Staircase.

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Francesco Scozzarella23-Apr-2012 11:13
Milan Vogrin17-Apr-2012 17:22
Very nice!
Chris Morton16-Apr-2012 20:54
an excellent bit of natural framing indeed
Mark Chambers15-Apr-2012 18:06
You are the master of framing. V
marie-jose wolff15-Apr-2012 17:17
beautiful composition and fine framing! V
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