Capitals in exposition


Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

In ancient times, the whole area around the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea formed part of the suburban district of Mantua. In the late Middle Ages, it was only the buildings around present-day Piazza Sordello that constituted the city itself. But from 1190 onwards, a series of modifications took place in the city, which soon saw the creation of via Broletto, Piazza Mantegna, Piazza Marconi and Corso Umberto - the beating commercial heart of the city. Restored in 2016, the 209 columns and corresponding capitals are an exceptional example of Mantua's sculptural tradition, bringing an additional charm to the archetypal porticoes of the Po valley. Often constructed from old demolished buildings, the columns and their capitals date as far back as the 14th century, with some having been constructed as recently as the 20th century. Another journey through time, to the present-day centre of the city.


  • Title: Capitals in exposition
  • Date Created: 1400

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