CORTONA, Pietro da
(b. 1596, Cortona, d. 1669, Roma)

View of the Sala di Venere

Palazzo Pitti, Florence

The Sala di Venere (Hall of Venus) in the Palazzo Pitti was named after the ceiling decoration by Pietro da Cortona. It was the first in a series based on planetary deities that the artist undertook for Grand Duke Ferdinando II. The room comprises a large fresco as well as eight lunettes along the walls, framed by gilt stucco figures. Between them, white stucco reliefs show portraits of various members of the Medici family.

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