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Ca' Foscari (Palazzo Foscari)
  • Paolo Salviati
    1818–1894
    active: Italy
  • Ca' Foscari (Palazzo Foscari), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Venice, Italy
  • albumen print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 25.1 x 19.6 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 7/8 x 7 11/16 in
  • Transfer from the Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Not on display
  • S2015.011
Description

Architectural view of the palace Foscari on the Grand Canal. This facade is characterized by a rhythmic sequence of arches and windows; this style, known as Floral Gothic, can be identified through the use of pointed arches and carved window heads. The tops of each column are decorated with carved quatrefoil patterns; the Gothic capitals are adorned with foliage, animals and masks. Above the Gothic window is a marble frieze with a helmet surmounted with a lion couchant, at each side of the central helmet we can find two putti holding a shield symbolising the Foscari's coat of arms with the winged lion, symbol of Venice.