The room, whose decorations may be dated back to the years 1530-1531, is so called because of the images of rulers and commanders painted on the ceiling, extolled as virtuous examples taken from ancient history. The fresco in the hexagon in the center of the vault is devoted to an [...]
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Created with high skill by Francesco Primaticcio and Giovan Battista Mantovano, probably between 1529 and 1531, the room is entirely decorated with elegant stucco reliefs. The walls are lined with a double frieze showing a long procession of Roman soldiers marching. The composition, which extends for more than sixty [...]
The room, finished between 1532 and 1535, tells the story of the Fall of the Giants, taken from The Metamorphoses by the Latin poet Ovid. The room is the most popular and spectacular of the Villa, both for the dynamic and expressive power of the huge and tumultuous images, [...]
This room has undergone the most radical changes in the palazzo. Its decoration is a combination of original and neo-classical work, and sixteenth century stuccoes from the Ducal Palace. Part of the original decoration are the stuccoes in roundels at the top of the frieze, probably by Nicolò da [...]
Small Cross Vault Chamber This small room separates the monumental wing of the palazzo from the private, less richly decorated rooms.The cross vault, from which the room takes its name, was decorated between 1533 and 1534. The moulded stuccoes were executed by Biagio de Conti [...]
Decorated by Staffieri in 1813, the walls and ceiling of the chamber give the room a neo-classical air. Contemporary to the building of the palazzo, instead, is the frieze with stucco candelabra. From a drawing by Giulio Romano, it gives the room its name. Standing out in the corners [...]
This spacious room owes its name to the original plan by Giulio Romano. It was to mirror the loggia of the Muses that stands to the north, on the other side of the courtyard. However, at the end of the sixteenth century it was still unfinished and its current appearance [...]
Apartment of the Secret Garden The apartment, overlooking a secret garden from which it takes its name, was created by Federico II as an intimate and secluded place. The elongated octagonal vestibule connects the chamber of Attilius Regulus to the loggia and the garden. The [...]
The name derives from the winged Victories portrayed in the corners of the room together with two symbols of Fame bearing long trumpets. The frieze comprises elegant painted grotesques on a background of imitation semi-precious stones, as described in a contemporary document. Oval partitions contain stucco crosses with clipeate [...]
One of the first elements noticeable about Palazzo Te is the way it extends horizontally. With its square plan and large inner courtyard, the Palazzo recalls the country villas of antiquity, where the architecture and its setting are in constant interaction. Unlike town palaces the most important rooms are on the ground floor, which [...]