Author: Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino
POSOTION: presbytery - right wall - (on the map n°15) METHOD: sculpture MATERIAL: marble
Francesco Foscari was one of the greatest doges of Venice and in his thirty-four years of dogado he brought the borders of the Republic to the river Adda and Ravenna, assisted by the famous generals Carmagnola, Gattamelata and Colleoni. The Foscari loggia in the ducal palace, and the Foscari palace, now a university, bear his coat of arms, while the tomb at the Frari Church holds his remains. The monument was first attributed to the Bregno brothers Antonio and Paolo, however current studies by Schulz suggest that its a work by Niccolò di Giovanni. The urn upon which the doge rests is supported by four embellished shelves that hold up the three framed-in theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. To the sides are Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Mark. On the corners of the urn the four cardinal virtues: Fortitude, Justice, Prudence and Temperance assist the doge. Two warriors carry the doge's shield and open the canopy, and above it the Risen Christ with a child is depicted, symbolizing the ascent of the Doge's soul. On the two pillars that enlcose the monument, ther is the Annunciation.