(b. 1651, Venezia, d. 1736, Venezia)

Ceiling fresco (detail)

Ca' Dolfin in San Pantalon, Venice

The groups of figures comprising The Apotheosis of Venice are surrounded by a pile of Virtues and good-natured deities, including a Mercury who skips about, winking with amusement. They sit comfortably on soft clouds, from which the smiling face of a dolphin emerges - heraldic symbol of the family. On its back rides a sensual Amphitrite, wife of Neptune.

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