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

Ajax Defends Patroclus's Corps

1538-39
Fresco
Sala dei Cavalli, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The Sala dei Cavalli (Room of the Horses) is part of Federico's apartment which is called Appartamento di Troia after its most important room, the Sala di Troia. The decoration of the Sala dei Cavalli must have recalled that of the room with the same name at the Palazzo del Tè. It is a large, trapezoidal space once hung with a series of large canvases, which are now unfortunately lost.

The picture shows a fragment of a remaining fresco depicting Mount Olympus in the Labyrinth.




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