TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)

View of the main hall

Villa Loschi Zileri dal Verme, Biron di Monteviale

The present-day structure of the Villa Loschi is the result of the reorganization and grouping of some preexisting building under the direction of architect Francesco Muttoni. The interior decoration of the grand staircase and the main hall on the piano nobile was executed by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo within the brief span of three months in 1734.

The decoration adheres to an iconographic program with the purpose to celebrate the moral quality of the Loschi family, owner of the villa.

The the central section of the ceiling of the main hall is taken up by a celebratory image of Glory among the Cardinal Virtues. The the central section is flanked by images of Valour (to the left, with laurel wreath and sceptre, shown caressing a lion); and Intellect (with helmet and bow, to the right). In addition to those on the ceiling, four other virtues appear inside stucco frames on the walls of the room: Marital Harmony, Humility Casting Out Pride, Liberality Dispensing Gifts, and Virtue Crowning Honour.

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