"the piano nobile was in full sunshine, ablaze with frescoes of the school of Tintoretto"
Painting by Tintoretto in the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evanglista
Creative Commons AttributionPainting by Tintoretto in the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evanglista - Credit: TracyElaine, Flickr

The piano nobile is the first floor of a large house, and is a particular feature of Venetian architecture. It is the location of the grander rooms; the ground floor is often reserved for more functional areas, such as servants' quarters.

 

Tintoretto was the nickname of Jacopo Comin (1518-1594), an important artist of the Venetian Renaissance school.