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Today we are in Mantua, at Palazzo Te, built between 1524 and 1534 on commission of Federico II Gonzaga in a marshy and lake area that the Gonzagas had reclaimed and that Francesco II, a great lover of horses, chose it as a training place for the his precious horses.
Now Palazzo Te is an international center of art and culture that organizes ancient and modern art exhibitions but we are interested in the Hall of the Horses, intended for the reception of guests and the most important ceremonies.
The Hall of the Horses, probably built between 1526 and 1528, takes its name from the portraits of the superb horses painted with noble deportment in the lower part of the frescoed walls.
Federico, like his father and his ancestors, raised horses in the famous stables of the Gonzagas and held them in high esteem, considering them the highest tribute that could be done to a friend or to an illustrious guest.
Today the Hall of the Horses has two of the six painted horses have yet written down their name: Morel Favorito, the gray horse of the south wall, and Dario, the clearest steed of the north wall.
The horses, which stand out against the backdrop of landscapes, dominate a grandiose architecture painted on the walls, punctuated by Corinthian pilasters and niches that house statues of deities and, above the windows, busts of characters.
The upper part of the Hall of the Horses span is characterized by fake and beautiful bronze bas-reliefs that recount the labors of Hercules and the frieze that runs to the top of the walls, on the corner of which four eagles are portrayed, is populated by puttini and puttine that move between pretty colorful rounds and masks.
To finish off the ceiling, in gilded wood on a blue background, encloses the rosettes and the most recurring enterprises of the palace in the coffered boxes: those of the Ramarro and Monte Olimpo.
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