19 Jan The Putti Room
The Putti Room takes its name from the scenes painted on the walls depicting Putti games within compartments framed by pilasters with candelabra.
The symbology connected to the representations may allude to the government’s recovery by Giovanni Sforza, after the conquest of Valentino (1500-1503). On top of the frames there is a frieze with grotesqueries and medallions in which are painted alternately profiles and Sforza coats of arms. It is thought that the room was prepared for the birth of baby Costanzo, son of Giovanni Sforza, on 24 February 1510. The décor includes pieces of different relevance and age, but pleasantly harmonised with each other. The carved stone fireplace is superbly crafted, dated between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, linked to the late-Mannerist Tuscan style, while the ornate decoration above includes a frame on which are painted the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Putti Games, attributed to Girolamo Marchesi and Francesco Zaganelli, 1500s