ABBATE, Niccolò dell'
(b. 1509, Modena, d. 1571, Fontainebleau)

Orlando Furioso scenes (detail)

c. 1560
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

The interior of the Renaissance Palazzo Torfanini in Bologna were frescoed in 1549 by Niccolò dell'Abbate. The decoration represented scenes from Tasso's Orlando Furioso. The frescoes were destroyed in 1732 when the palace was refurbished. The remaining parts of the frescoes are displayed in the Pinacoteca Nazionale.