Hidden treasures

The 'Triumph of eloquence' fresco in the Sandi Palazzo in Venice

Unknown places & works
palazzo-sandi

The 'Triumph of eloquence' fresco in the Sandi Palazzo in Venice

In San Polo district in Venice on the Grand Canal there is a small gothic palace built by the ancient Tiepolo family that was subsequently purchased by the Sandi a family who acquired the title of Venetian nobles during the 1700s.

To celebrate the acquired nobility, in 1724, the new owners commissioned Giambattista Tiepoloto to paint a fresco in the hall of their building. Tiepolo created 'the triumph of eloquence'; the theme of the painting is mythological and the episodes represented are 'Amphion builds the walls of Thebes with the power of music', 'Bellerophon and the Chimaera', 'Hercules Gallico', 'Orpheus and Eurydice'.

The monochrome frieze surrounding the painting represents ‘primitive Humanity', that is men fighting each other in the 'state of nature'. To get out of this state requires the strength of eloquence and law (in fact, the clients were lawyers) according to a philosophy carried on, among others, by Thomas Hobbes.

Although this is the first fresco on the ceiling by Tiepolo, the result is as great as its subsequent masterpieces: the figures are foreshortened from below against the sky in theatrical poses, with light and fluttering garments.

Palazzo Tiepolo Sandi is now the headquarters of the National Builders Association (ANCE).

If you want to see other works by Giambattista Tiepolo in Venice, we recommend a visit to Ca' Rezzonico – Venicie Eighteenth Century Museum: our guides will show you the many frescoed halls of this great artist and provide a historical and artistic explanation on his exceptional work!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: 10 songs that will make you think of Venice

canzoni-ve
Did you know that...

Sometimes we hear the first few lines of a song and our minds are suddenly transported back to a place, a memory or a dream. We put tog...

View

Padua: Vò Euganeo: a place to be discovered

vò
Unknown places & works

In the last few months there has been much talking around the small town of Vò, in the province of Padua. It was at the center of ever...

View

Venice: 10 must-see movies filmed in Venice

10_film_venezia
Film Locations

Venice is unique amongst world cities and every year it turns into a dream-like experience for scores of tourists thanks to its timeles...

View

Venice: April 25, 2020: Five fun ideas to celebrate the Patron Saint of Venice at home! #stayhome

Untitled
Local Traditions

April 25 is a day of great celebrations in Venice: not only is it Liberation Day, but it is also the Feast of St. Mark, patron of the c...

View

Top posts

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View