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Monuments Tron & Foscari
Aside the Assumption, the Main Chapel hosts the monuments of two great men of the Serenissima Repubblica, facing each other on the walls of the presbytery as they were put there just in order to watch over Tiziano's precious masterpiece. No such noble task could have ever been committed to nobler men than Doge Nicola Tron and Doge Francesco Foscari.
Monument to doge Tron
Monument to doge Tron

Doge Nicola Tron (1471-1473) was a rich merchant who donated his wealth to the Republic in time of need, thus being worthy of an ever- lasting memorial beyond the dogate. Vivid example of public spirit and earnestness, he was the first Doge to be represented standing on his funerary monument, whereas all his predecessors had been portrayed lying in death.
His monument is situated on the left wall of the presbytery and can rightly be reckoned as the grandest work of sculpture of the Venetian Renaissance for its size and structure. Conceived and executed by the Veronese artist Antonio Rizzo, the monument is divided into four orders and its bulk is lightened by the masterly arrangement of 22 statues. In the first order is set the statue of the Doge, standing with the statues of Charity and Faith on either side. Two warriors holding the shield of the Tron family and two fine bas-reliefs are placed in the second order.
The third order keeps the sarcophagus of Doge Tron, adorned by three little statues representing Prudence, Wisdom and Fortitude and the statues of Song and Harmony on the sides. The seven statues lined up in the fourth order embody other virtues and allegories. The monument ends with a round arch in Renaissance style to cut off any upward line.
In the lunette is the Risen Christ with the Annunciation at the sides, the Eternal Father looking after on top.

Doge Francesco Foscari (1423 - 1457) was one of Venice's greatest Doges and a legendary figure, immortalised by writers and musicians.
During his long dogate he widened the Republic's boundaries far and away to River Adda and to Ravenna with the aid of the famous generals Carmagnola, Gattamelata and Colleoni.
Deposed unjustly by the Council of Ten, legend has it that he died by broken heart on 30th October 1457 to the sound of the bells announcing the nomination of his successor.
His coat o f arms can be seen in the Foscari Loggia in the Ducal Pa- lace and in Foscari Palace ( Ca' Foscari ), now seat of the University.
His mortal remains rest in this splendid monument, work by the Flo- rentine artist Nicolò di Giovanni, where the decorative Gothic is finely wed with the harmony of Renaissance. The sarcophagus is supported by four graceful corbels displaying the three theological virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.

Monument to doge Foscari
Monument to doge Foscari



On the sides are St.Mark and St.Antony from Padua. The four cardinal virtues, after leading Doge Foscari throughout his life, now attend him at the corners of the sarcophagus: Fortitude, Justice, Prudence and Temperance.
A deep sense of peace comes from the image of the two warriors un- furling the canopy, while the Risen Christ draws the Doge's soul, in the figure of a boy, to Heaven. Above, on the pillars enclosing the monu- ment, is portrayed the Annunciation. Near the monument you can also admire a 13th century Crucifix from the Umbrian School, painted on wood. The cross is 3.27 x 2.36 metres and has been venerated and considered miraculous.

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