Blessed Osanna Andreasi's House


Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

The so called Room of the Grotesques, on the first floor, opens up on the opposite side of the garden, so giving onto the public street. Here many of the objects once belonging to the Blessed are kept, together with her funerary mask and the plaster mould of her face. Pictorially, the room stands out because of the late 15th century frescoes, similar to the ones that appear in the large Sala delle Stagioni on the ground floor. Here the stroke is even more naïf, which does not however diminish the spontaneous quality of the figures and the variety of the themes depicted. There is a large strip close to the ceiling where various motifs alternate, all inspired by a certain joyousness and playfulness. Imaginary pavilions, views of houses, animals, fauna, flowers and fruit, telamones, fantastic creatures, symbols out of context. In short, the evolution of the concept of grotesque beyond Mannerism, pointing to Baroque.


  • Title: Blessed Osanna Andreasi's House
  • Date Created: 1475

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