The mid-sixteenth century location of the doge's throne and the seating for the Signoria in S. Marco, Venice, were considerably different from the original arrangements of the twelfth century. The date of the changes and the motives that prompted them have never been clarified. An examination of Marin Sanudo's Diaries provides not only the date of the changes in practice but also suggests the initial and hitherto unsuspected impetus: the infirmity of Doge Andrea Gritti. This article utilizes Sanudo's contemporary accounts to shed light on architectural changes in the chancel of S. Marco in the 1530s.

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