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The Libreria and the column with St Theodor and his crocodile. View looking Northwest.
The building designed by Jacopo Sansovino
(1486-1570), is considered a great example of High Renaissance architecture.
It starts with a classical Doric order of columns on the first level and
then an Ionic order of columns on the second level. But instead of letting
the openings of the building rest atop these main columns -- as would be
done classically -- he designs a second set of Doric columns just inside
the first and rests the arches of the openings on these -- which give it
a more decorative look He then puts sculptures atop a balustrade
Today, the old Library houses the Archaeological museum containing GraecoRoman sculpture and Roman portraits among other things.
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