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  • Collection: Venice: Crossroads of the World

Lavish gold mosaic characterizes the interior of the Basilica of San Marco. Subjects of the mosaic cycles include scenes from the Old and New Testaments, with a specific emphasis on the lives of Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Mark

The Basilica of San Marco served as the spiritual heart of the Republic of Venice. Technically the private chapel of the leader of Venice -- the Doge -- this church houses the remains of the city's patron saint, Mark. Contrary to popular belief, San…

This is one of two columns located in the so-called "Piazzetta" of San Marco. It depicts a winged lion, the evangelical symbol of Venice's patron saint, Mark. The sculpture itself was fashioned in the 4th - 3rd century B.C.E. but was renamed St.…

This painting is one of multiple ceiling paintings created by Paolo Veronese for the Room of the Council of Ten Palazzo Ducale, Venice. The government officials who met in this room had multiple responsibilities, including control over access to…

Construction of Palazzo Ducale began in 1340. This multipurpose building served as the seat of the government of the Republic of Venice as well as the personal residence of the elected leader of the Republic, the Doge of Venice.

This photograph depicts the interior of the Treasury of San Marco as it exists in the 21st century. The display cabinets have changed over time, but other elements - including the West facing window which figures prominently in this photo - date to…

The Cantino Planisphere is the earliest known European cartographic representation depicting the Americas. Several details merit note, including the Tordesillas line - which divided control over the Americas between Spain and Portugal.

The Treasury of San Marco is situated on the Northwest corner of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. This photograph records the exterior of the Treasury. Originally constructed in the 11th century, the Treasury was significantly renovated in the…


18th century watercolor depicting the Ducal Corno. The original corno was created in 1555 and dis-assembled in the early 19th century, making this rendering an invaluable resource for understanding the appearance of this destroyed object.

Archival account book recording of the money spent on the creation of a new Ducal Corno in the year 1555. The Ducal Corno was the official crown worn by the Doge of Venice. The idea for the new Corno was originally suggested in the 1530s, but was…
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