Palazzo Ducale
Image View Description:

Exterior: View from the Top of Giants Staircase

Date:
founded 9th century; expansion 14th-16th centuries; expanded interior decorations from 16th-17th centuries
Location:
Venice (Italy)
Title Variant:
Doge's Palace, Scala dei Giganti
Work Type:
architecture
Material / Technique:
stone, marble, brick
Culture:
Italian
Culture 2:
Venetian
Photographer:
Cassy Juhl
Notes:

Used for formal entrances, the Giants' Staircase is guarded by Sansovino's two colossal statues of Mars and Neptune, which represents Venice's power by land and by sea. The rounded arch dedicated to Doge Francesco Foscari (1423-1457) alternates bands of Istrian stone and red Verona marble and links the Giants' Staircase to the Porta della Carta through which visitors today leave the palace. Members of the Senate gathered before government meetings in the Senator' Courtyard, to the right of the Giants' Staircase. At the opposite end of the Renaissance façade, the wide Censors' Staircase leads visitors to the loggia floor above.

Image Source:
Photography by the Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, © The Trustees of Columbia University
Record ID:
ven_doge_court_stair