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This Istrian stone panel is from a balcony of the Palazzo Pola at Treviso. Most likely carved in the workshop of the sculptor Pietro Lombardo, which was active in Treviso from 1486, it is a rare survival from a domestic balcony. Part of the front façade of the palace, the splendid balcony would have been a gathering point for people within the building and a show of status to the outside world.
Panel. Istrian stone, carved with a pierced design, with, in the centre, a circle with an interlaced surround and a foliated pattern at either side.
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Height: 32 in, Width: 55 in
Object history note
The Inventory of acquired objects for the year 1882 states that the panel came 'From a balcony of the Palazzo pola at Treviso, designed and erected by Alfonso Lombardi towards the end of the 15th century, and pulled down within the last few years.'
Panel, Istrian stone, pierced foliated and geometrical forms, Palazzo Pola, Treviso
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964, pp.521
List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London, 1883, pp. 8
See Bruce Boucher in Howard Burns, in collaboration with Lynda Fairbairn and Bruce Boucher, Andrea Palladio, 1508-1580. The portico and the farmyard, exh. cat. [Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza], 1975, p.255, cat.464