LOMBARDO, Pietro
(b. ca. 1435, Carona, d. 1515, Venezia)

Monument of Pietro Mocenigo

1476-81
Istrian stone and marble
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

The tomb backed against a wall became the norm for the ambitious monument in this period in Italy. Each region adapted the structure to suit artistic temperaments and fashions. Pietro Lombardo made skilful use of borrowings from past experiments. The great tombs he executed were composed in a dynamic and grandiose fashion. Three atlantes support the sarcophagus of the Doge Pietro Mocenigo, whose standing figure is framed in the centre of the arcade. Erected behind the façade of San Zanipolo (i.e. Giovanni e Paolo), this monument was a counterpart to the tomb of the Doge Andrea Vendramin, the work of Pietro Lombardo and his son Tullio, a veritable triumphal arch punctuated by columns.




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