GIULIO ROMANO
(b. ca. 1499, Roma, d. 1546, Mantova)

Emperor Alexander

1532
Fresco
Camerino dei Cesari, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The Camerino dei Cesari (Chamber of the Caesars) was perhaps the most famous room in Federico Gonzaga's apartment in the Palazzo Ducale. Giulio Romano designed the complex decoration of this room, which centred on frescoed scenes of classical subjects on the vault, now only partially preserved; the series of stuccoed niches around the upper part of the wall, which contained bronze statues, and the famous series of eleven Roman emperors painted by Titian between 1536 and 1540. Wooden panels inserted into a framework beneath them illustrates scenes from the lives of Caesars and ancient knights and were painted by Giulio's pupils.




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