Palazzo Ducale
Image View Description:

Interior: Antichamber

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

This room was the formal antechamber to the more important rooms in the palace, and the doors which give it its name are ornately framed in precious eastern marbles; each is surmounted by an allegorical sculptural group that refers to the virtues which should inspire those who took on the government responsibilities.The present decor is a work by Antonio da Ponte and design by Andrea Palladio and Antonio Rusconi. The coffered ceiling — with stucco decoration by Giovanni Cambi, known as Bombarda — contains frescoes of mythological subjects and of the cities and regions under Venetian dominion. Painted by Jacopo Tintoretto from 1578 onwards, this decorative scheme was designed to show a close link between Venice's foundation, its independence, and the historical mission of the Venetian aristocracy — a program of self-celebration that could already be seen in the Golden Staircase.

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_sala_quatro_porte