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Altar of St. Anthony

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Altar of St. Anthony

Basilica dei Frari Altar of St. AnthonyThe present altar was built by the Fellowship of St. Anthony as a replacement for an older wood. The design is Baldassarre Longhena, while the execution is by Giuseppe Sardi, as well as attests to the contemporary Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718). Four large columns of white Carrara marble frame the statue of the saint surrounded by four angels. On the sides are statues of Faith and Hope, works by Bernardo Falcone di Lugano (1630-1697); above them, on the sides of the entablature, are placed Charity and Prudence by Giusto Le Court (1627-1679).

  • Artwork: Altar of St. Anthony.
  • Artist/Author: Baldassarre Longhena and Giuseppe Sardi
  • Date: 1663
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: First altar on the right (number 32). See church plan.
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Altar of St. Joseph of Copertino

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Altar of St. Joseph of Copertino

Basilica dei Frari Altar of St. Joseph of CopertinoThe altar took its present shape in 1753 when they were removed the statues and stucco by Alessandro Vittoria for keeping a painting by Giuseppe Nogari (St. Joseph of Cupertino in ecstasy).

The Prince of Modena Almerico d'Este was the commander of the French auxiliary troops in the war of Candia (1645-1669) and was commissioned by the Venetian Republic in 1666.

  • Artwork: Monument to Prince Almerico d'Este.
  • Artist/Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 1666
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Altar of St. Joseph of Copertino (number 27). See church plan.

From Victoria are the two sibyls on the tympanum of the altar, the statues of St. Peter and Sant 'Andrea on the sides and the St. Jerome in the center.

  • Artwork: St. Jerome.
  • Artist/Author: Alessandro Vittoria
  • Date: 1564
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Altar of St. Joseph of Copertino (number 27). See church plan.
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Altar of the Relics

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Altar of the Relics (Sacristy)

Basilica dei Frari Altar of the RelicsThe altar is baroque rich expression and contains one of the most remarkable relics of Venice: the Precious Blood of Christ. This relic, much venerated in the church of Santa Cristina of Constantinople, came into possession of Melchiorre Trevisan in 1479. Trevisan gave it to the Frari March 19, 1480 on the occasion of his return from the East. The date of construction of the altar is stated in the inscription engraved in black marble and placed at the base of the complex sculptural. The three bas-reliefs made by Cabianca in Carrara marble, representing the Crucifixion, the Deposition and Burial of Jesus Christ. In the two lower panes are placed angels with symbols of the Passion.

  • Artwork: Altar of the Relics.
  • Artist/Author: Francesco Penso called il Cabianca and Andrea Brustolon
  • Date: 1711
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture. Carrara marble, red gravel of Verona, Siena yellow and golden wood.
  • Location: Sacristy (number 22). See church plan.
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Chapel of St. Mark or Corner

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Chapel of St. Mark or Corner

Chapel of St. MarkGiovanni Corner built this chapel in 1420 and dedicated to St. Mark the Evangelist in memory of his uncle Marco.

The Triptych of St. Mark is signed and dated by Bartolomeo Vivarini in 1474. The beautiful wooden altarpiece that welcomes the work is a typical masterpiece of Gothic art. In the central compartment, St. Mark is sitting on a marble throne, surrounded by angels. To the left are depicted Saint John the Baptist and St. Jerome, on the right St. Peter and St. Nicholas.

The St. John the Baptist sculpture is signed by the Florentine Sansovino and is located on the large baptismal font donated by the family of the Giustiniani in 1826.

  • Artwork: Triptych of St. Mark.
  • Artist/Author: Bartolomeo Vivarini
  • Date: 1474
  • Artistic Technique: Painting
  • Location: Corner Chapel (number 9). See church plan.
  • Artwork: St. John the Baptist.
  • Artist/Author: Jacopo Tatti, called Sansovino
  • Date: 1554
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Corner Chapel (number 9). See church plan.
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Internal Façade

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Internal Façade

Basilica dei Frari Internal façadeMonument to Alvise Pasqualigo (left)

The work was erected at the behest of the same Procurator of St. Mark was still alive.

  • Artwork: Monument to Alvise Pasqualigo.
  • Artist/Author: Lorenzo Bregno
  • Date: 1528
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Internal Façade, on the left (number 1). See church plan.

Monument to Gerolamo Garzoni (center)

The magnificent Baroque monument is dedicated to Senator Gerolamo Garzoni died in the siege of Negroponte in 1688. The strong figure of the Garzoni, armed and standing, being crowned by an angel among the statues of Venice and Religion.

  • Artwork: Monument to Gerolamo Garzoni.
  • Artist/Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 1688
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Internal Façade, on the center (number 1). See church plan.

Monument to Pietro Bernardo (right)

The late work of Tullio Lombardo is divided into two parts unrelated: at the bottom an elegant urn is adorned by exquisite bas-reliefs and on the sides of enrollment, Adam and Eve. Worthy of note is the head of Medusa and the eagle with spread wings. The upper part, adding by the children of the senator, Girolamo and Lorenzo, representing the deceased kneeling in front of the Redeemer that turns to St. Peter for recommend it.

  • Artwork: Monument to Pietro Bernardo.
  • Artist/Author: Tullio Lombardo
  • Date: 1538
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Internal Façade, on the right (number 1). See church plan.
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Monument to Generosa Orsini e Maffeo Zen

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Monument to Generosa Orsini e Maffeo Zen

Monument to Generosa Orsini e Maffeo ZenSome historians attribute the elegant urn to the work of Antonio da Verona, rather than the hand of Pietro Lombardo.

  • Artwork: Monument to Generosa Orsini e Maffeo Zen.
  • Artist/Author: Pietro Lombardo (attr.)
  • Date: 15th century
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Left transept (number 8). See church plan.
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Monument to Titian

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Monument to Titian

Basilica dei Frari Monument to TitianBy the will of Titian himself who expressed a desire to be buried in the Basilica dei Frari, at the foot of the altar of the Crucifix next to the Pietà, his last work, now located at the Academy, Luigi and Pietro Zandomeneghi, disciples of Canova, executed this impressive memorial in which the artist was placed August 27, 1576. At the center of the monument is a statue of Titian crowned with laurel; next to him the universal nature, the genius of knowledge and statues of Painting, Sculpture, Graphic and Architecture. At the corners of the base the two emperors who have linked their name to the great painter: Charles V and Ferdinand I of Austria. Five reliefs reminiscent of the most important religious works of the supreme painter.

  • Artwork: Monument to Titian.
  • Artist/Author: Luigi e Pietro Zandomeneghi
  • Date: 1838-52
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Right aisle, the second altar (number 29). See church plan.
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Tomb of Antonio Canova

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Tomb of Antonio Canova

Tomb of Antonio CanovaAfter the death of Antonio Canova, which took place October 13, 1822, his body was buried in Possagno (his hometown), while her heart was placed in an urn of porphyry kept at the Accademia in Venice. At the behest of Count Leopoldo Cicognara the monument was erected in the Basilica dei Frari with a model of one designed by Canova himself to Titian. The heart of the sculptor here was deposed in 1827.

  • Artwork: Monument to Antonio Canova.
  • Artist/Author: Antonio Bosa, Giuseppe Fabris, Rinaldo Rinaldi, Bartolomeo Ferrari, Luigi Zandomeneghi and Jacopo De Martini.
  • Date: 1822-27
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Left aisle (number 3). See church plan.
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Tomb of Doge Francesco Foscari

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Tomb of Doge Francesco Foscari (Chancel)

Basilica dei Frari Tomb of Doge Francesco FoscariFrancesco Foscari was one of the greatest doges of Venice, and in thirty-four years of government led the borders of the Republic to the river Adda and Ravenna, aided by the famous generals Carmagnola, Gattamelata and Colleoni. The lodge Foscari in the ducal palace, and the Palazzo Foscari, now a university, bearing his coat of arms, while the tomb in the Frari welcomes his remains. The monument is by Niccolò di Giovanni. The urn on which rests the doge is supported by four ornate corbels in the boxes by the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. The sides are St. Anthony of Padua and St. Mark. On the corners of the casket assist the doge the four cardinal virtues: Fortitude, Justice, Prudence and Temperance. Two warriors carry the shield doge.

  • Artwork: Monument to Doge Francesco Foscari (Chancel).
  • Artist/Author: Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino
  • Date: 1457 ca.
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Chancel, right wall (number 16). See church plan.
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Tomb of Doge Nicolò Tron

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Tomb of Doge Nicolò Tron (Chancel)

Basilica dei Frari Tomb of Doge Nicolò TronThe monument celebrates the recognition of the Venetian Republic to the rich merchant Niccolò Tron, for having rescued it from the period of economic crisis that was going through. The architectural and monumental work of Rizzo is one of the greatest works of the Venetian Renaissance sculpture. The twenty-two statues are divided into four orders: the first order, in the middle, represents the Doge, to the left Faith and to right Charity. In the second order, two warriors hold up the shield of family Tron, while the center is placed the inscription flanked by two bas-reliefs. In the third order, the Doge lies on the urn decorated with the three statues of Prudence, Wisdom, and Strength. The two side niches Singing and Harmony. The fourth order exposes other statues of virtues and allegories. The great arch preserved in the risen Christ and the bezel on the sides of the Annunciation. At the top of the Eternal Father.

  • Artwork: Monument to Doge Nicolò Tron.
  • Artist/Author: Antonio Rizzo
  • Date: 1476
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Chancel, the left wall (number 15). See church plan.
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Tomb of General Jacopo Marcello

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Tomb of General Jacopo Marcello

Basilica dei Frari Tomb of General Jacopo MarcelloJacopo Marcello was general captain of the Venetian fleet, and lost his life during the war of Gallipoli. The statue of the captain is placed over the elegant urn with floral scrolls and is flanked by two putti holding the coats of arms of his family. The urn is supported by three telamons and placed in a marble oval.

  • Artwork: Monument to Jacopo Marcello.
  • Artist/Author: Pietro Lombardo
  • Date: 1488
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Right transept (number 25). See church plan.
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Tomb to Doge Giovanni Pesaro

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Tomb to Doge Giovanni Pesaro

Tomb to Doge Giovanni PesaroThe Pesaro family had as his burial chapel the apse of the sacristy, but only for one of them who was elected doge made this grand mausoleum. The project was realized by Baldassarre Longhena, marble statues by Melchior Bartel of Dresden while the two bronze skeletons and the two monsters placed under the doge's throne by Bernardo Falcone of Lugano.

  • Artwork: Monument to Giovanni Pesaro.
  • Artist/Author: Baldasarre Longhena, Melchior Barthel and Bernardo Falcone da Lugano.
  • Date: 1660-69
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Left aisle (number 4). See church plan.
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Wall of right-hand transept

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Wall of right-hand transept

Basilica dei Frari Wall of right-hand transeptEquestrian monument to Paolo Savelli

Paolo Savelli was a roman prince, commander of the Venetian troops, died in Padua in 1405. The equestrian statue that overlooks the urn where he is buried appears to be the first of its kind made in Venice. The urn is attributed to the school of Dalle Masegne or Rinaldino di Francia.

  • Artwork: Equestrian monument to Paolo Savelli.
  • Artist/Author: Jacopo della Quercia
  • Date: fifteenth century
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Wall of right-hand transept, left (number 24). See church plan.

Monument to Benedetto Pesaro

The monument to Benedict Pesaro frames the entrance door to the sacristy with four columns of the composite order. On these set the cenotaph of glorious commanding general who had conquered the Greek islands of Lefkas and Kefalonia. On either side are the statues of Neptune (left) and Mars (right) works of Michelangelo Baccio da Montelupo.

  • Artwork: Monument to Benedetto Pesaro.
  • Artist/Author: Giovanni Battista Bregno
  • Date: 1503
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Wall of right-hand transept, door (number 24). See church plan.

Tomb of Beato Pacifico

The monument was erected to him by Senator Scipione Bon who sold it to the blessed Pacifico. On the urn represents the Descent of Christ into Limbo and the Resurrection while in the niches are placed the theological virtues.

  • Artwork: Tomb of Beato Pacifico.
  • Artist/Author: Nanni di Bartolo detto il Rosso
  • Date: 1427
  • Artistic Technique: Sculpture
  • Location: Wall of right-hand transept, right (number 24). See church plan.
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