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Italy - Italy's Naval Jack, featuring the coats of arms of the four major Maritime Republics. Clockwise from upper left: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Amalfi.

Italy - Italy's Naval Jack, featuring the coats of arms of the four major Maritime Republics. Clockwise from upper left: Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Amalfi.

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice     Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "The Banquet" (Fresco detail)    Vicenza, Villa Caldogno    The embroidery under the front opening of the left lady, and the little girl.

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "The Banquet" (Fresco detail) Vicenza, Villa Caldogno The embroidery under the front opening of the left lady, and the little girl.

Closeup of Half armor made in Brescia Italy the principal supplier of the Republic of Venice 1580 CE etched and blackened steel (1) by mharrsch, via Flickr

Closeup of Half armor made in Brescia Italy the principal supplier of the Republic of Venice 1580 CE etched and blackened steel (1) by mharrsch, via Flickr

The Piraeus Lion in Venice - taken in 1687 from the port in Athens.The statue was defaced in the late 11th century by Scandinavians who carved two lengthy runic inscriptions into the shoulders and flanks of the lion.The runes are carved in the shape of an elaborate lindworm dragon-headed scroll.The carvers of the runes ,probably Varangians,were Scandinavian mercenaries in the service of the Byzantine Emperor.

The Piraeus Lion in Venice - taken in 1687 from the port in Athens.The statue was defaced in the late 11th century by Scandinavians who carved two lengthy runic inscriptions into the shoulders and flanks of the lion.The runes are carved in the shape of an elaborate lindworm dragon-headed scroll.The carvers of the runes ,probably Varangians,were Scandinavian mercenaries in the service of the Byzantine Emperor.

VITTORE CARPACCIO: The Italian Renaissance painter who painted for us the life and customs of the Republic of Venice | Meeting Benches

VITTORE CARPACCIO: The Italian Renaissance painter who painted for us the life and customs of the Republic of Venice | Meeting Benches

Venice, Republic of Venice  Vittore Carpaccio, 1495: Meeting of the Betrothed Couple (detail)  Venice, Galleria dell'Accademia

Venice, Republic of Venice Vittore Carpaccio, 1495: Meeting of the Betrothed Couple (detail) Venice, Galleria dell'Accademia

Venice, Republic of Venice  Vittore Carpaccio, 1495: Arrival of the Ambassadors (detail)    Venice, Galleria dell'Accademia

Venice, Republic of Venice Vittore Carpaccio, 1495: Arrival of the Ambassadors (detail) Venice, Galleria dell'Accademia

Order of battle of the two fleets,with an allegory of the three powers of the Holy League in the foreground,fresco by Giorgio Vasari (1572, Sala Regia).Commanders and leaders Banner of the Holy League 1571.Holy League Navy:Center:Spain John of Austria, Republic of Venice Sebastiano Venier,  Marcantonio Colonna,Pietro Giustiniani,Left:     Republic of Venice Agostino Barbarigo †, Right:Gianandrea Doria,Reserve:Spain Álvaro de Bazán.Ottoman Navy:Center:Sufi Ali Pasha †,

Order of battle of the two fleets,with an allegory of the three powers of the Holy League in the foreground,fresco by Giorgio Vasari (1572, Sala Regia).Commanders and leaders Banner of the Holy League 1571.Holy League Navy:Center:Spain John of Austria, Republic of Venice Sebastiano Venier, Marcantonio Colonna,Pietro Giustiniani,Left: Republic of Venice Agostino Barbarigo †, Right:Gianandrea Doria,Reserve:Spain Álvaro de Bazán.Ottoman Navy:Center:Sufi Ali Pasha †,

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice    Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "The Dance" (Fresco detail)    Vicenza, Villa Caldogno

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "The Dance" (Fresco detail) Vicenza, Villa Caldogno

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice    Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "Games" (fresco detail)    Vicenza, Villa Campiglia Negri de' Salvi

Venetian Province of Vicenza, Republic of Venice Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1565: "Games" (fresco detail) Vicenza, Villa Campiglia Negri de' Salvi