COLONNA, Angelo Michele
(b. 1604, Rovenna, d. 1687, Bologna)

View of the Salone delle Guardie

Palazzo Ducale, Sassuolo

The Salone delle Guardie in the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo was transformed into a bombastic, theatrical glorification of the house of Este by the quadratura painters Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli. Coats of arms, painted fabrics, trophies, and simulated statues against the walls serve as a prelude to the ceiling painting in which Apollo and the nine Muses celebrate the Este as patrons of the various arts, documented in inscriptions accompanying the goddesses.