Madonna with Child, Saints and Doge

Above the urn, in the lunette of the arch, is a delightful painting by Paolo Veneziano (active between 1320 circa and 1362), the founder of a school of art which made Venice famous throughout the centuries to come. It portrays St. Francis and St. Elisabeth of Hungary who are presenting the Doge Francesco Dandolo and Doge’s wife to the Virgin (1339). The stiffness and static nature of the figures hints at a fading Byzantine style contrasted against the new Gothic decorative approach.