Wikipedia’s entry about the church of San Moisè states that:

Statues in public spaces were forbidden in Venice

and goes on to describe how the baroque excesses of that building were a way of getting around the ban by incorporating them into a façade rather than as free-standing pieces.

The 17th Century Venetian Admiral Antonio Barbaro clearly had the same in mind when he left a fortune for the renovation of the façade of Santa Maria del Giglio, for rather than religious imagery of prophets or saints, the carvings depict great naval battles, plans of the fortifications where Barbaro had his greatest victories, and set into individual alcoves, imposing statues of Barbaro and his four brothers.  This one is Giovani Maria Barbaro.

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