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Tiziano's monument

Tiziano died in Venice in 1576 aged 99 and wished to be buried in the Frari's Church.
Between 1843 and 1852 two disciples of Canova, Luigi and Pietro Zandomeneghi, built this monument in Carrara marble in place of that conceived by Canova himself, whose original project you will see at the Correr Museum. The monument is composed of an arch of triumph supported by four columns with Corinthian capitals. The statue of Tiziano is crowned by laurel and stands in the centre, near him being the Universal Nature and the Genius of Knowledge, and on the sides the statues of Painting, Sculpture, Gra- phic Art and Architecture. The two figures placed on the corners, at the base of the monument, are Empe- rors Charles V and Ferdinand I of Austria, whose names are linked with the great painter.
Five bas-reliefs recalling the greatest religious works works of the supreme Master enrich the backgroud: between the columns are placed the Martyrdoms of St. Peter of Verona (left) and St.Lawrence ( right ), while above the entablature are the Visitation ( right ) and the Deposition from the Cross ( left ). In the centre you may admire Tiziano's masterpiece, the Assumption.
The Lion of St. Mark with the Hapsburg arms stands at the top.



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