I was psyched to find this cool 19th century photo (by Carlo Ponti) of the gorgeous Gothic window of Palazzo Agnusdio.
Here's what it looks like today, from below. Ponti must have taken his from the second floor window of the adjacent palazzo.
The carvings on this window are the symbols of the Four Evangelists (John = Eagle; Mark = Lion; Matthew = Winged Man; Luke = Bull) and then in the corners, an Annunciation scene with Mary on the left and Archangel Gabriel on the right.
The lion's tongue is sticking out!
Palazzo Agnusdio is named for the ancient patera of the sacred mystic lamb (agnus dio) over the water door.
The house has its own bridge and over the entrance, a Gothic relief with three angels and a coat-of-arms. Taken on a foggy winter's day.
In "Another Venice," Jacopo Fasolo writes that the Agnusdio window is "a precious masterpiece, most probably undertaken by an architect stonemason." He adds -
"Stonework such as this can sometimes be found unexpectedly in the calli...where buildings and tightly-knit streets often hide them from visitors until the very last moment. But when you do come across them, your main thought is that there must be so much that has yet to be explored amongst the 'minor' art and architecture of Venice..."
You can find this palazzo in the sestiere of Santa Croce on Calle del Forner, not far from Ca' Pesaro and the church of San Stae.