Venetian nobility exercised a great deal of freedom when commissioning sculptural, heraldic and epigraphic compositions. The merits of La Serenissima and the self-celebration of the podestas were particularly exaggerated in the second half of the 16th century. Commissions were also addressed to the most reputable artists in Venice (Jacopo Sansovino, Alessandro Vittoria). The town of Koper was called "blasonata per eccellenza". The façades of palaces and museum collections have preserved a unique collection of coats-of-arms, which point out the merits of proud individuals.