BREGNO, Lorenzo
(b. ca. 1480, Verona, d. 1525, Venezia)

Monument to Benedetto Pesaro

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

The monument dedicated to Benedetto Pesaro adorns the door to the sacristy. He was the Captain of the Venetian fleets and died in 1503 in Corfu. In his will he requested to be buried in the Frari Basilica. His wish was fulfilled and Lorenzo and Giambattista Bregno erected the monument upon the commission of Gerolamo Pesaro.

Four composite columns support the Renaissance monument. Between the columns there are two medal-shaped bas-reliefs depicting the Lion of Venice. On the extension of the two external columns there are the statues of Neptune and Mars which have always been attributed to Baccio da Montelupo. Above the central columns there is the urn and the statue of the Captain, armed ready for battle with standard in hand. On the front of the urn are the fortresses of Leucade and Cefalonia, conquered by Pesaro, amid two sailing galleys. In the tympanum, there is the Virgin with the Child, the only religious motif.

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