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Interior: Chamber of the State Lawyers
founded 9th century; expansion 14th-16th centuries; expanded interior decorations from 16th-17th centuries
Doge's Palace, Avogaria de Comun
Material / Technique:
stone, marble, brick
This particular State Advocacy department dates from the time when Venice was a commune (12th century). The 3 members, the Avogadori, were the figures who safeguarded the very principle of legality, making sure that the laws were applied correctly. Though they never enjoyed the status and power of the Doge and the Council of Ten, the Avogadori remained one of the most prestigious authorities in Venice right up to the fall of the Republic. The room is decorated with paintings representing some of the Avogadori venerating the Virgin, the Christ and various saints.
Photography by the Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, © The Trustees of Columbia University