The drawing shows the courtyard of the Ducal Palace in Venice, looking from the south-west corner. On the left is the facade of the Porticato Foscari, with the domes of Saint Mark's rising above it, and the monument to Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, on its right (Giovanni Bandini, 1587, installed in 1625); Antonio Rizzo's Scala dei Giganti (1484-1501) appears just left of centre, and his eastern courtyard facade (1483-98) occupies the right-hand half of the drawing. In the courtyard are two bronze well-heads, that in the foreground cast by Niccolò dei Conti in 1556, that behind it by Alfonso Alberghetti in 1559.
graphite, watercolour, bodycolour and pen and ink on pale grey wove paper
image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford