Artist Jacopo d'Antonio Sansovino (2 July 1486 – 27 November 1570)
Doges’ Palace - Venice, Italy Mars & Neptune Sculptures by Jacopo Sansovino - The Giants Staircase got its name from the two statues that were carved by Jacopo Sansovino and installed in 1557. The colossal size of the statues was perhaps intended as an antidote to Agostino’s grandeur. They were meant to dwarf the doge and remind him that he was not really a king, but only a servant to the greatness of the Republic.
. . it appears that this bridge does not deserve its grim reputation: which is mostly the brainchild of the poet byron, whose imagination ran away with him.
Venice took little part in the reactionary zeal of the counter-reformation, which earned her the constant displeasure of the vatican