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Drunkenness of Noah Sculpture -- Doges' Palace, Venice, Italy Every corner column on the exterior of the Ducal Palace represents an allegory about justice. These were meant to remind the public servants and the general populace of the high moral standards they should strive to uphold--not that they always did. On the eastern corner of the building is a group representing Drunkenness of Noah, symbolic of the frailty of man. Though weathered by the elements, this carving is a .......

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy "is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture.

Ham Sculpture -- Doges' Palace, Venice, Italy The story in Genesis tells us that Ham mocked his father's drunkenness. Noah laid a curse on Ham's son because of Ham's disrespect for him. The bas-relief of Ham is separated from Noah and the other sons by the arch on the building.

High Altar & Figures by Juste Le Court -- Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute, Venice, Italy - The high altar represents the Virgin and Child in Glory with Venice kneeling on the left before them asking for relief from the plague. The plague is represented by the old woman on the right fleeing an angel brandishing a torch. San Marco stands on the left on a lion and San Lorenzo Giustiniani stands on the right. Giustiniani was the first Partriarch of the Venetian Republic. ......

Palazzo Mastelli -- Madonna dell' Orto, Venice, Italy #tourism Palazzo Mastelli On the exterior of the Palazzo Mastelli are affixed three stone statues. The one on the corner, with the hastily restored iron nose, has been known as Sior Antonio Rioba; maybe Italian with a Spanish or Moorish origin? Satirical writers in Venice sometimes used his name as a pseudonym if they did not want their identity known.

Duke of Urbino Statue -- Doges' Palace, Venice, Italy - There are more statues on the courtyard side of the Foscari Arch. This one is posed like a Roman emperor. It represents Francesco Maria I della Rovere, the Duke of Urbino, dressed in battle garb. The corresponding bas-reliefs of armor and shields, chariot wheels, and laurel wreath below are very similar to the kind of decoration we would have found in ancient Rome.

Chiesa di San Stefano - Venice, Italy Chancel Wall Figures by Antonio Gambello - installation of the old choir walls was planned so that the sculptures would have their heads turned toward is the altar. Giovanni Buora probably carved the surround, and the sculptor Antonio Gambello carved the figures. ............................................

Porta della Carta Putti Sculptures -- Doges' Palace, Venice, Italy These putti carved to the right of the statue of the doge hold his coat of arms, with his Doge's cap on top. The rosy marble framing this arrangement is lovely. Imagine the polychrome on the Doge's coat of arms. The Venetians were brave in battle, and in their use of color.