The start of the 15th century saw the destruction of the Carraresi Signoria and the onset of Venetian rule, as the Serenissima Republic won the battle for the city in 1405. From this date until the Republic fell in 1797, the University of Padua was the only university centre in the area controlled by the Serenissima. Convinced that “famous professors attract lots of students”, the Venetian government called many illustrious professors to Padua, including many foreign professors, such as the well-known jurists Raffaele Fulgosio and Raffale Raimondi da Como. It is said that students “from all over the world ran to Padua, to the two Raffaels”. Many illustrious foreign students would be immortalised in the “Sala dei 40” five centuries later. In the 1450s, the university went through a crisis in terms of both attendance and prestige, but it then experienced a new “golden era” during the last quarter of the 15th century. In 1493, the university of law was granted use of the buildings belonging to the hotel with the emblem of the ox, with the aim of creating a single seat for the various schools of jurists.