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Madonna of Ca’ Pesaro

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Madonna of Ca’ Pesaro

Madonna of Ca PesaroThe altar Pesaro given to a noble family in 1518, already in 1361, was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is why the altarpiece commissioned by Jacopo Pesaro in 1519, has the double task of illustrating the theme of Mary and glorify the family of the client. The Virgin is seated on a tall pedestal with a white veil that envelops even the child: it is foreshadowing of the funeral shroud that will cover both. Jacopo Pesaro is pictured on the left in prayer while behind him a soldier holding the banner of Pope Alexander VI and leans next to a turbaned turkish. It is the celebration of the naval victory at the Battle of Santa Maura (1503) by Pesaro, commander of the papal fleet, over the Ottoman navy. In forefront the portraits of his brothers Francesco, Antonio, Fantino and Giovanni and his nephew Leonardo, above of them San Francesco turns to the child while on the other hand, the figure of St. Peter.

  • Artwork: Pala Pesaro.
  • Artist/Author: Tiziano Vecellio.
  • Date: 1519-26
  • Artistic Technique: Painting, oil on canvas, 485 x 270 cm.
  • Location: Left aisle (number 5). 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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Triptych by Giovanni Bellini

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Triptych by Giovanni Bellini (Sacristy)

Basilica dei Frari Triptych by Giovanni BelliniThe work was commissioned ten years before its implementation by the Pesaro family's (branch of san Benedetto), who had placed his own chapel in the apse of the sacristy. In the central compartment depicting the Virgin Enthroned with Child and two angels playing musical instruments, while in the sides are placed on the left, the figures of St. Peter and St. Nicholas of Bari, on the right, St. Mark and St. Benedict. The frame that holds the tables was probably designed by Bellini and carved by Jacopo da Faenza.

  • Artwork: Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints (triptych).
  • Artist/Author: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date: 1488
  • Artistic Technique: Painting on table.
  • Location: Sacristy, apse (number 21). See church plan.
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