The Marciana Library or Library of Saint Mark is a public library in Venice. It is one of the earliest surviving public libraries and repositories for manuscripts in Italy and holds one of the world’s most significant collections of classical texts. It is named after St. Mark, the patron saint of the city. Constructed between 1537 and 1588, it is considered the masterpiece of the architect Jacopo Sansovino and a key work in Venetian Renaissance architecture. The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio described it as “perhaps the richest and most ornate building that there has been since ancient times up until now”. The art historian Jacob Burckhardt regarded it as “the most magnificent secular Italian building” and Frederick Hartt called it “one of the most satisfying structures in Italian architectural history”. Also significant for its art, the library holds many works by the great painters of sixteenth-century Venice, making it a comprehensive monument to Venetian Mannerism