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Project
Funeral Monument of the Naval General Jacopo Foscarini
Place
Venice, Church of the Carmini
Director of work
Ministry of Culture, Monuments and Fine Arts Office of Venice
Restoration Firm
Sansovino s.n.c., Venice
Sponsors
  • Venetian Heritage Inc.
  • Comitato Italiano per Venezia
  • Mrs. William Dow Lovett and Mr. Lawrence Lovett
  • Work began
    may 2000
    Work ended
    october 2001
    • Funerary monument, before restoration
    • Funerary monument, before restoration, detail
    • Colored marbles, during cleaning, detail
    • Statue of Captain Foscarini, before restoration
    • Statue of Captain Foscarini, during cleaning
    • Statue of Captain Foscarini, after restoration
    • Charity, before restoration
    • Charity, after restoration
    • Relief, before restoration, detail

    Funeral Monument of the Naval General Jacopo Foscarini, Church of the Carmini

    This imposing funeral monument by an unknown author was erected in the beginning of the 17th century, according to the last wishes expressed in 1595 by the naval general Jacopo Foscarini. The monument was to be made of precious marbles, which Foscarini himself had collected, and its style follows the tradition for tombs of Venetian naval and military heroes, where the deceased in armor is shown standing. The major sculptures, which celebrate Foscarini's military virtues, are placed on the upper part of the monument. The effigy stands in the center on a high base and holds the baton symbolic of his office. On either side female personifications of Virtues, carved in the round, occupy niches, Charity on the left and Faith on the right. Below, within rectangular panels, are trophies of Foscarini's military career carved in Carrara marble. In the base of the monument, two representations of naval deployments evoke his military missions.
    Before restoration, the entire monument was covered with a thick layer of black sediment, which made it impossible to discern the texture and color of the stone. This restoration project was dedicated to the memory of Mr. William Dow Lovett.
     
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