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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

06/05/2019, 13:11

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #palazzo, #palace, #medici, #rinascimento, #renessaince, #arte, #art, #pittura



FRESCOED-PALACE-AT-THE-SAINT-EUSTACHIO-DISTRICT


 Nearby the main church of the smallest district of Rome you will be surprised by the frescoed walls of the Renaissance palace...



In #Rome there are several frescoed palaces ("palazzi istoriati" in Italian), that symbolize the wealth of some noble families which lived in the Eternal City. In this case we are in the Saint Eustachio district, the smallest of the historical centre of Rome. A palace that is date back to the beginning of the #Renaissance age. This property was owned by Tizio da Spoleto, one of the main members of the court of Pope Paul III, from the Farnese family. Usually men of the elites used to call famous artists, mainly painters, to decorate the facades of their private properties. In this case Tizio da Spoleto commissioned this nice job to Federico Zuccari, an active painter of that time who made several frescos in churches or palaces of Rome. One of the main subjects of the frescos are related to Saint Eustachio, the man who, according to the traditions, became a Christian after a vision: when he was hunting a deer he saw, just above the snout of the animal, a bright Cross. After his conversion he was persecuted and killed. It is the reason why on the walls we can see his baptism and martyrdom. But there is something more! Just below the windows of the upper level there are two female figures: the allegories of the Fortress (the lady on the left holding a column) and the Justice (at the right). The decoration is completed by the big coat of arm of the Medici family, with the red balls, would by the Medici Pope Pius IV to commemorate the small palace, bought by him. But the pretty building is cool and nice also for the architectonical elements, as the windows with architraves or the lilys, symbols of the Farnese family. So, could you see how nice buildings are in Rome? #unaguidaturisticaroma #atourguiderome #palazzo #affresco #palace #architettura #architecture #Medici #Farnese #Roma #romeisus #Rome #Rinascimento


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