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The Castello Malpaga: photos, description Castello di Malpaga)

The Castello Malpaga is located in the small town of Cavernago (Bergamo). Its main attraction is the interior, lavishly decorated with frescoes by Il Romanino in the Renaissance style.

The castle has medieval origins, after a siege in the first half of the 15th century for a long time lay in ruins. In 1456, the year the famous aristocrat and condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni acquired from the municipality of Bergamo these ruins to turn them into the center of his growing possessions. He expanded and strengthened the castle and made him not only a military base for their soldiers, but also his residence, which was to show everyone around his status and privileges. Castello Malpaga was rebuilt in Italian Renaissance style.

The castle had a square shape, surrounded by two walls and a deep moat. In the first row of the walls, now disappeared, located in the former stables and barracks, and both series were remarkable medieval crenellated battlements. Internal castle walls are almost entirely frescoed, although some of them damaged by vandals. These murals, commissioned in the first half of the 16th century heirs Colleoni, depicts the visit of the Danish king Christian I, who was held in 1474, the year, and the magnificent reception given in his honor by condottiero. The reception consisted of banquets, hunting and jousting. It is believed that the author of the frescoes glorifying the most famous member of the family Colleoni, was Il Romanino. On the first floor of the castle you can see another cycle of frescoes of the 17th century, with less significance.

In addition to visit Christian I the frescoes depict different allegories - for example, Silence (link to the privacy that was required to meet the staff of castle), and idealized portraits of Colleoni and the king. In the courtyard, which is also attributed to Il Romanino, there is a depiction of the Battle of Molinella, a victory in which in 1467, the year of Bologna have won all the same Colleoni. Another fresco of the 15th century depicts the virgin Mary with the Baby - she is the personal account of the condottiere and belongs to the brush of an unknown artist.