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Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina: the Renaissance frescoes of the sixteenth century on mythological themes by Giulio Romano, Raffaellino del Colle and Giovan Francesco Penni (Loggia of Cupid and Psyche), Raphael and Sebastiano del Piombo (Loggia of Galatea), Baldassarre Peruzzi (Room of the Perspectices) and Sodoma (Alexander's Room).

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive representing Venus instructs Cupid to launch an arrow.Fresco by  Raffaellino del Colle on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of the vault with the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, the symbolic culmination of the entire cycle.Fresco by Giovan Francesco Penni on a Raphael's draft  (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of t...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of the vault with the Council of the Gods, where the unjustly persecuted girl is finally received by the gods with divine complacence.Fresco by Giovan Francesco Penni on a Raphael's draft  (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of t...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Cupids with Cerberus.Drafted by Raphael, the vault has been depicted by his workshop:  Raffaellino del Colle, Giovan Francesco Penni, Giulio Romano, Giovanni da Udine ,(1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive representing Jupiter consoling Cupid.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive representing Cupid and the Graces.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Mercurius and Psyche.Fresco by Giovan Francesco Penni on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Psiche together with Venus and Juno.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault pendentive depicting Psyche submitting Venus the urn containing the beauty of Proserpine..Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive representing Psyche coming back from the underworld, carried by cupids.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Venus on the cart, pulled by white doves.Fresco by  Giulio Romano on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault  pendentive depicting Venus and Jupiter.Fresco by Giovan Francesco Penni on a Raphael's draft (1517-18).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: one vault...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of the vault.In the centre, two fictive tapestries include the concluding scenes: the splendid Council of the Gods, where the unjustly persecuted girl is finally received by the gods with divine complacence, and the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, the symbolic culmination of the entire cycle.The Loggia takes its name from the decoration frescoed on the vault by Raphael and his workshop in 1517-18. The frescos represent episodes from the fable of Psyche, narrated in Apuleiu’s Golden Ass, which had already been used in the fifteenth century for nuptial imagery.To give the space a festive and theatrical feel to it, Raphael also transformed the vault of the Loggia into a pergola, adorned with magnificent hanging festoons, as though the greenery of the gardens had invaded the Villa itself. However, although the general layout of the cycle and planning of the individual scenes and figures are attributed to the intuitive genius of Raphael (proven by a number of autographic sketches), the actual completion of the designs into frescos was carried out by his numerous workshop assistants, including Giovanni Francesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Giovanni da Udine. The latter, in particular, was the creator of the exuberant triumphal festoons.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, Loggia of Cupid and Psyche: view of t...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina: view of the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche.The Loggia takes its name from the decoration frescoed on the vault by Raphael and his workshop in 1517-18. The frescos represent episodes from the fable of Psyche, narrated in Apuleiu’s Golden Ass, which had already been used in the fifteenth century for nuptial imagery.To give the space a festive and theatrical feel to it, Raphael also transformed the vault of the Loggia into a pergola, adorned with magnificent hanging festoons, as though the greenery of the gardens had invaded the Villa itself. In the centre he designed two fictive tapestries which depict the concluding scenes: the splendid Council of the Gods, where the unjustly persecuted girl is finally received by the gods with divine complacence, and the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, the symbolic culmination of the entire cycle.However, although the general layout of the cycle and planning of the individual scenes and figures are attributed to the intuitive genius of Raphael (proven by a number of autographic sketches), the actual completion of the designs into frescos was carried out by his numerous workshop assistants, including Giovanni Francesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Giovanni da Udine. The latter, in particular, was the creator of the exuberant triumphal festoons.

Rome, Villa Farnesina: view of the Loggia of Cupid and Psych...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina: view of the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche.The Loggia takes its name from the decoration frescoed on the vault by Raphael and his workshop in 1517-18. The frescos represent episodes from the fable of Psyche, narrated in Apuleiu’s Golden Ass, which had already been used in the fifteenth century for nuptial imagery.To give the space a festive and theatrical feel to it, Raphael also transformed the vault of the Loggia into a pergola, adorned with magnificent hanging festoons, as though the greenery of the gardens had invaded the Villa itself. In the centre he designed two fictive tapestries which depict the concluding scenes: the splendid Council of the Gods, where the unjustly persecuted girl is finally received by the gods with divine complacence, and the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, the symbolic culmination of the entire cycle.However, although the general layout of the cycle and planning of the individual scenes and figures are attributed to the intuitive genius of Raphael (proven by a number of autographic sketches), the actual completion of the designs into frescos was carried out by his numerous workshop assistants, including Giovanni Francesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Giovanni da Udine. The latter, in particular, was the creator of the exuberant triumphal festoons.

Rome, Villa Farnesina: view of the Loggia of Cupid and Psych...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea, detail of the vault: "The Myth of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa, and  the Fame". Fresco by Baldassarre Peruzzi (1511).

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea, detail of the vault: "The Myth of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa, and  the Fame". Fresco by Baldassarre Peruzzi (1511).

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea, detail of the...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail with amorini.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail with amorini.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail with amorini.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail with amorini.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail with amorini.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...

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Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea:  "The Triumph of Galatea", by Raphael (1513 - 4). Galatea was the beautiful nymph whom Raphael depicted amongst a throng of sea creatures as she speeds away from her admirer on a fantastical shell drawn by dolphins.Detail.

Rome, Villa Farnesina, the Loggia of Galatea: "The Triumph...