Date begun 1340
Located at Venice, Italy
Unlike the cities of Tuscany, which faced political and economic turmoil in the late fourteenth century, Venice thrived, given its stable government and immense fortune created through steady commerce. Gothic, Byzantine and Islamic influences combine to create a dazzling effect—while the Palazzo della Signoria was created as an impenetrable fortress, there was no need for such security here; therefore, the entire structure is light and ornate. Pointed and scalloped arches and quatrefoils—supported by Classical columns—compose the first two stories, while pink and white stone form diamond patterns for the upper stories’ decorate, making for an incredibly light façade.