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Lunette are decorative arches that span the tops of doorways and are a sub-set of material culture. Often accompanied by a matching portal, lunette have a distinct semi-circular shape. Reliefs, sculptures, paintings, or mosaics are often contained within an individual lunetta. Serving both functional and decorative purposes, lunette often bear part of the load of the wall in which they exist. Most lunette are found on palaces and churches because, in general, only wealthy families and institutions could afford them.
The most important Byzantine lunetta
in Venice, at the entrance to the Basilica di San Marco
A gothic lunetta
with paint still present
Damage and Preservation
For general information pertaining to the sources of damage to Venetian lunnette, please see the Damage to public art page.
For general information pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Venetian lunnette, please see the Restoration and preservation of public art page.
Specific information regarding the damage and restoration needs of each lunnetta can be found on the pages dedicated to each individual lunnetta, as listed in the map below and in the navigation box under the "See Also" section of this page.