(b. before 1315, ?, d. 1355, Venezia)

Drunkenness of Noah

c. 1350
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

The oldest part of the Doge's Palace is now the façade facing the quay, with its 13th-century sculptures at the corners of the building. They are attributed to Filippo Calendario or certain Lombard artists, like the Raverti or Bregno families. On the side facing the Ponte della Paglia they represent Tobias and the Angel Raphael and the Drunkenness of Noah; towards Piazzetta San Marco are the Archangel Michael and Adam and Eve.

The inebriated Noah stands swaying next to a tree that forms the corner. His drinking cup is slipping from his hand. On the other side of the tree are two of his sons, one helping his old father, the other showing his horror at his drunken state.

Calendario's works, executed between the beginning of construction of the Palazzo in 1340 and his death, are among the finest late Gothic works in Venice.

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