Mantua’s Ducal Palace
4 April 2016
Construction work commenced in the late 13C, with additions being made over the centuries until 1707. The Gonzaga palace extends over 35,000m², a city in palace form. The most fascinating aspect today is the extraordinarily sophisticated decoration of the building and the exceptional beauty of the diverse nuclei that make up the Palace: courtyards, loggias, roof gardens, palatine churches, oratories and even a castle create an architectural complex that is unique worldwide. From Andrea Mantegna’s Camera Picta to the Raphael tapestries, the Sala del Pisanello, works by Giulio Romano, Luca Fancelli’s Domus Nova and Rubens’ Adoration of the Holy Trinity, visitors are astounded by the immensity of a palace and aesthetic heritage that is one of the finest manifestations of the Italian seigniorial culture, in a harmonious coming together of art and architecture.