The great staircase was built to serve the nineteenth-century addition.
Eighteen paintings, built in stucco frames, different for subjects, ages, pictorial qualities and dimensions, fit up the walls with a prevailing decorative function. Along the great staircase there are also shown two ornamental armours forged in the XIXc. as an imitation of the sixteenth-century models.

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The great staircase.

 

At the foot of the great staircase is placed a Byzantine stoup of the VIc.AD decorated with an ivy shoot and covered by an inscription which says: "draw water with joy" (Isaiah, 12, 3) "since over the waters there is our Lord's voice" (Psalms, 28, 2-3). The stoup comes from the S.S. Mark and Andrew's church in Murano (Venice) together with a similar one, now preserved in the Provincial Museum of Torcello (Venice). Ludovico Moscardo bought it for his own "Museum" and in May 1685, Jean Mabillon saw it there, in Verona; he was so impressed to illustrate it with a plate in his Iter Italicum (Posthumous Edition, Paris 1724, I, pp.22-24). The lid, sculptured with acanthus leaves, is a later addition due to Moscardo.



Byzantine marble stoup (VIc.AD).

 

On the landing there are the Carrara marble busts of Francesco Miniscalchi-Erizzo (sculptured by Luigi Sanavio) and his wife, Eleonora Guerrieri (sculptured by Ugo Zannoni).



Carrara marble bust of Francesco Miniscalchi (1811-1875).

 




 

 

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