(b. ca. 1509, Colonnata, Carrara, d. 1572, Padova)

Monument to Doge Leonardo Loredan

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

The monument to the doge Leonardo Loredan (died 1521) was erected towards 1572. The design is by Girolamo Grapiglia (active 1572-1621); the statue of the doge by Girolamo Campagna; the allegorical statues of Venice (to the left), the League of Cambrai (to the right), the Abundance and the Peace (between the columns) and the low-reliefs are by Danese Cattaneo, a disciple of Sansovino.

The monument to Doge Leonardo Loredan is a coherent and frankly secular work. Cattaneo was inspired by the format and allegorical statues of the Loggetta, introducing at the centre a tableau depicting the War of the League of Cambrai. Although the seated figure of the Doge was completed by Cattaneo's pupil Girolamo Campagna after 1604, the conception is faithful to the original design. Cattaneo's imaginative power enabled him to blend the traditions of the great 15th-century tombs of the doges with new iconography to create a fresh vocabulary for Venetian funerary monuments.

The image of the seated doge was a break with prevailing iconographic convention.

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