VITTORIA, Alessandro
(b. 1525, Trento, d. 1608, Venezia)

Palazzo Balbi: Façade

Canal Grande, Venice

This palace is situated at the bend of the Canal Grande between the Accademia and the Ponte di Rialto, in a picturesque position which inspired artists such as Canaletto and Marieschi.

The architectural features of this building demonstrates the transition to the early Baroque era. Vittoria, who was a pupil of Sansovino, made use of architectural and decorative elements such as the central mullioned-widow balustrade, the mixtilinear tympanums, the sinuous frames of the windows. The magnificence of the palace was imitated in the city for a long time.