The detail I chose for the “Venice in the Details” presentation is Loggetta del Sansovino. This item jumped out to me when I was looking at the other details found within St. Mark’s square because it’s very understated. It isn’t grand and flashy like the Doge’s palace. It isn’t a well known, giant café like Café Florian. I liked how Loggetta del Sansovino has its own quiet power. It might not stand out boldly from the rest, but the intricate detail and obvious finesse put into this neoclassical piece of architecture is beautiful and under appreciated.
After researching this detail is viewing pictures online, it was incredibly helpful to actually see the detail in person. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, pictures don’t do things in Venice justice. You don’t fully understand a concept until you can experience it in person, which is true of Loggetta del Sansovino. Once I actually saw my detail in person and was able to pick out the allegorical frieze depictions I felt connected with the Loggetta. Knowing so much about one little detail made me feel like a little Venetian historian rather than a tourist waiting to hear about this detail’s importance from a tour guide. I felt like I had my own little section of Venice that I was knowledgeable about and connected to.
Loggetta del Sansovino was constructed between the years 1537 and 1549 by Jacopo Sansovino. This piece served as a sentry or guard post for working men to spend some time at while the Upper Council was in a session. The three arches between the pillars hold four bronze statues: Apollo, Peace, Minerva, and Mercury. Above the arches lie three marble depictions of: the island of Candia, island of Cyprus, and Venice in the form of Justice. The carvings are allegorical and tell the story of Venice’s rich past and history. The terrace with the balustrade was later added in the 17th and 18th centuries, so it was not a part of the original construction. When the bell tower collapsed in 1902, it took the Loggetta down with it. It has since been rebuilt with the fragments of the original work.