In the frescoed tondo Alexander the Great holds a precious box, war booty, inside which the things most precious to him are kept: a copy of the Iliad and one of the Odyssey. It is the duty of a ruler to foster art and culture so they may remain alive throughout history.


  • Title: Chamber of the Emperors
  • Creator: Francesco Primaticcio
  • Creator Lifespan: 1507/1573
  • Creator Death Place: Paris, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Bologna, Italy
  • Date: 1529
  • Type: Part of the Palace

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