Interior of the Facade Basilica
The interior façade is taken up by the mausoleum of the Mocenigo family. In the middle is the monument to doge Alvise I († 1577) and his wife Loredana Marcello. Six fluted pilasters of the Corinthian order divide the space into five parts. In the central of these, at the head of the doorway can be seen the coat of arms.
In the two lower outer parts are: two statues, St. Peter and St. Georgeformerly on the nearby monument to Pietro Mocenigo, in the inner parts here are, above the two windows, two low-reliefs representing the Doge in Prayer and the Doge’s Audience, attributed to G. Campagna (late 16th century).
In the upper tier of panels: on the left, the effigy of the doge, recumbent on a bier and sarcophagus of grey marble; on the right the effigy of his wife. Between the two sarcophagi: statues of the Virgin, the Redeemer, and St. Mark. This work, with its classical overtones, was begun by Girolamo Grapiglia in 1580 and finished by Francesco Contin in 1646.
On the right law also the monument to the poet Bartolomeo Bragadin († 1507). It is an elegant Lombard style sarcophagus, with SS. Mark, John the Baptist and Bartholomew, and surmounted by the Virgin and Child. It is attributed to Lorenzo Bregno († 1523).
On the same wall, to the right facing, is the monument to doge Giovanni Mocenigo († 1485) carved in the finest Carrara marble by Tullio Lombardo. Above are two family coats of arms. Behind the recumbent effigy of the doge is a low-relief: Giovanni Mocenigo presented by St. John the Baptist to the Virgin, whilst an angel offers St. Teodoro the doge’s crown. On the front of the sarcophagus are three low-reliefs perhaps representing the conquered cities of the delta area of the river Po.
On either side are statues representing two Virtues and on the basement are two low-reliefs: the Baptism of Jesus and St. Mark baptising St. Aniano, wife and baby boy. On the same wall, to the left facing, we find the beautifulmonument to doge Pietro Mocenigo († 1476), a masterpiece by Pietro Lombardo, finished in 1481. It commemorates the doge above all as a great captain of the Venetian armed forces. From top to bottom are: theRedeemer between two angels; a low-relief representing The three Maries at the Sepulchre. Framed by a magnificent arch is the burial urn supported on the shoulders of the three warriors representing the three ages of man and, above it, the doge, standing upright, majestic and full of energy, with a suit of armour beneath his general’s cloak. At his sides are figures of two geniuses with the general’s baton and a shield blazoned with the arms of the Mocenigos.
On the front of the urn, two low-reliefs record his principal undertakings as commander at sea againts the Turks: on the left, The entry into Scutari; on the right, The delivery of the keys of Famagusta to Caterina Cornaro. At the sides in six niches are: warriors dressed in Roman style forming a guard of honour. On the basement are trophiesand two of the Trials of Hercules. Going on out wards on the floor three great dallies, were, in addition to other members of the family are buried doge Alvise I († 1577), Alvise III Sebastiano († 1732) and Alvise IV Giovanni († 1778).