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Monument to Doge Niccolò Tron

Author: Antonio Rizzo with assistance
Century: XV°
DATE: 1476 ca. POSITION: presbytery - left wall (on the map n°14) METHOD: sculpture MATERIAL: marble

The monument recognizes the rich merchant Niccolò Tron for having economically revived the Republic during a period of crisis that it was going through.

The monumental architectural layout done by Rizzo, makes it one of the greatest works of Venetian Renaissance sculpture.

The twenty-two statues are divided into four tiers: on the first tier in the center, the doge is represented for the first time in Venice, alive and standing on his tomb accompanied by Faith on the left, and Charity on the right; on the second tier, the two warriors on the end hold up the Tron family shield, while the central epitaph is flanked by two bas-reliefs; on the third tier, the doge lies on the urn decorated with the three statues of Prudence, Wisdom, and Strength, the two lateral niches house Song and Harmony; the fourth tier holds other statues representing virtues and allegories.

The great arch or sixth level holds The Risen Christ and The Annunciation to the sides, and the Eternal Father on the top.
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