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Palazzo Te: photos, description (Palazzo Te)

Palazzo del Te - the aristocratic Palace in the outskirts of Mantua. Is a wonderful example of the style of mannerism in architecture and is a recognized masterpiece of Giulio Romano. Its official name is the Palazzo Te, although it appeared relatively recently. Even Vasari had called the Palace in his Chronicles of the "Palazzo del T", and English-speaking writers still call it the "Palazzo del Te". From Italian language the name translates as "Tea Palace".

The Palazzo del Te built in 1524-1534, respectively, for the Marquis of Mantua, Federico II Gonzaga. It was he who in the beginning of the 16th century decided to build for himself a magnificent Palace. For the selected location - on the Isola del Te on the edge of the marshes just outside the city walls of Mantua - located family-run stables. Supervised the construction works of Giulio Romano, student of Raphael. Just 18 months had built a square building with a courtyard and covered porch. Completed the estate a lush garden with a semicircular colonnade, known as the "Esedra".

Once construction was completed, actually building a team of plasterers from plaster, wood carvers and artists started interior finishing and decoration of the Palace, which lasted more than ten years. Local artists Benedetto Pagny and Rinaldo Mantovano worked painted interior frescoes that are well preserved and today are perhaps the main attraction of the Palazzo. Here you can see the images of the gods of Olympus, the giants, grotesque figures, etc. of These frescoes in 1530, the year admired the Emperor Charles V, who after a visit to the Palace bestowed on Federico Gonzaga the Duke of Mantua.

One of the most expressive parts of the Palazzo del Te is the Casino della Grotta, a small Suite of rooms arranged around a grotto, and the balcony, where courtiers once bathed in the small cascade of water pouring directly out of the floor and walls.

In the first half of the 17th century, after the siege of Mantua, and then the outbreak of a terrible plague, the Palace was completely looted, and stood completely empty - only the nymphs, gods and giants remain on the walls of the desolate rooms.

Today a part of the Palazzo del Te is a civic Museum Palazzo Te, organized by the publisher Arnoldo Mondadori. The Museum houses a collection of works of Mesopotamian art.