ASPETTI, Tiziano
(b. ca. 1559, Padova, d. 1606, Pisa)

Bronze statues on the façade

San Francesco della Vigna, Venice

There are few finished church façades in Venice and even fewer façade sculptures (especially prior to 1600). Aspetti's Moses and St Paul, which fill the niches on the Palladian façade of San Francesco della Vigna, are among the first bronzes ever placed on a Venetian façade and also some of the finest. Their dark bronze contrasts strongly with the white marble background, and, well over life-size, with their animated poses, they project powerfully in their architectural setting.

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