FERRARI, Luca
(b. 1605, Reggio Emilia, d. 1654, Padova)

The Founding of Padua

1650
Fresco
Villa Selvatico Emo Capodilista, Battaglia Terme

The narration reaches its culmination in the fourth scene of the fresco cycle in the transept hall of the villa, The Founding of Padua, in which Antenor makes his entrance seated upon a magnificent steed. He points out to those present a building site crowded with workers who are scrambling about the scaffolding constructing walls. To the side of the large building one can glimpse a plow drawn by mournful oxen that have just outlined the sacred perimeter of the new city under construction.