One of the most pleasant experiences you might enjoy in Mantua is certainly a visit to
the Palazzo Te. The Palazzo Te is an architectural masterwork located in the area of the city
of Mantua surrounded in the past by the Lago Paiolo (the Copper Lake).
Frederick II of Gonzaga commissioned to Giulio Romano, one of the most important
architects at that time, to build a pleasure palace, in which the Prince could had fun and
entertain his guests.
Palazzo Te is one of the most extraordinary examples of Renaissance villas which
contains some art masterpieces, such the Sala dei Giganti (the Giants’ Room).
The Giants’ Room. The room illustrate the Fall of the Giants described by Ovid.
This is the most famous and important room in the Palazzo Te. In fact, you can admire a
painting of great intensity, and through an optical illusion time, space, the walls and the
ceiling of the room seem to disappear and it feels like you’re entering the painting.
The scene describes a furious Zeus wreaking revenge on Giants who, without success, try
to conquer Mount Olympus.
Guest Post by Caterina Stringhetta The Art Post Blog
Caterina lives near Venice and she is a curious tourist, fond of art cities, a tireless visitor to exhibitions, and an insatiable explorer of museums. She has a degree in art history, but she’s more interested in stories which art talks about. The Art post Blog is her blog, born in 2013 to share her passion for art.
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