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Symbols are a sub-set of material culture that have traditionally been used in Venice to denote ownership of a building or affiliation with a particular organization. The majority of the symbols found within the city are confraternity symbols, which were used to denote the city's scuole. There were six prominent scuole in Venice that were referred to as the Scuole Grandi, and to whom most of the confraternity symbols relate. Other types of symbols refer to hospitals and various religious organizations. The majority of the symbols found in Venice are classified as reliefs, or low reliefs in particular.
A confraternity symbol from the Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Damage and Preservation
For general information pertaining to the sources of damage to Venetian symbols, please see the Damage to public art page.
For general information pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Venetian symbols, please see the Restoration and preservation of public art page.
Specific information regarding the damage and restoration needs of each symbol can be found on the pages dedicated to each individual symbol, as listed in the navigation box under the "See Also" section of this page.