The lion of Venice

In the upper arcaded loggia, in the first arcade of the artists’ ambulatory, there are the Insignia of the Republic of Venice and the coat of arms of Prior Valmarana.
The haloed lion of St. Mark keeps the Gospel open, bearing the writing “pax tibi Marce Evangelista meus”. The lion symbolically rests the front legs on the mainland and the back legs in the water.
The open book testifies that, in the representation, the Republic of Venice is in a state of peace.