RIZZO, Antonio
(b. ca. 1430, Verona, d. ca. 1499)

Scala dei Giganti (Giants' Staircase)

Palazzo Ducale, Venice

This majestic staircase is the principal entrance to the main floor and the state chambers of the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Rizzo between 1483 and 1485. It received its name thanks to Sansovino, who carved the colossal statues of Mars and Neptune, the gods of was and the sea, at the top.