Man­tua, the city of the Gon­za­gas

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Though less well-known than Venice or Florence, Man­tua, a charm­ing city sit­u­ated in North­ern Italy on the banks of the River Min­cio, is packed with art trea­sures. Gov­erned by the Gon­zaga fam­ily for four cen­turies, from circa 1300 to 1700, this Lom­bard city ex­pe­ri­enced its max­i­mum pe­riod of splen­dour dur­ing the Re­nais­sance, when its most fa­mous mas­ter­pieces were ex­e­cuted. A renowned pa­tron of the arts, Is­abella d’Este, the March­esa of Man­tua and the wife of Fed­erico Gon­zaga, sum­moned artists like Ti­tian, Perug­ino, Leonardo da Vinci and Cor­reg­gio to her court. In­spired by his mother’s pas­sion for col­lect­ing art, Fed­erico II in­vited Raphael’s pupil Gi­ulio Ro­mano to come to Man­tua to build Palazzo Te, a daz­zling ex­am­ple of 16th-cen­tury clas­si­cism. Even the lay­out of the city it­self with its squares and palaces is truly de­light­ful.

From above: the breath­tak­ing il­lu­sion­ism of the painted vault of the Bridal Cham­ber, fres­coed by An­drea Man­tegna in 1474. Pic­tured above, a view of Man­tua nes­tled on the banks of the Min­cio River.

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