The pair of Gritti monuments in San Francesco della Vigna stand out among the large tombs of Venice for their lack of sarcophagi and of portraits of the deceased——indeed of any figure sculpture at all. The Gritti Monuments in San Francesco della Vigna, Venice: The Case for Palladio's Authorship is the first full account of the tombs, and in it Andrew Morrogh demonstrates that they should be attributed to Andrea Palladio and dated ca. 1569––75. Palladio was uniquely well equipped to deal with the problems posed by the commission, in which, with considerable originality, he made use of two rather ordinary features, the epitaph and the coat of arms, to create architecture of very high quality. Based on a close reading of the documentary and stylistic evidence, and on an awareness of the context in Venetian tomb design, the paper discusses the social and religious factors to which the tombs responded, as well as their attribution and dating.

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