Chamber of the Sun and the Moon

Giulio Romano1524

Palazzo Te

Palazzo Te
Mantova, Italy

The Chamber, visually very impressive, mixes elements that differ both in terms of style and age. The big rectangle on the ceiling shows a fresco with two stars. On the wall there are a series of eighteen-century stuccoes which imitate the decorations of classical sarcophaguses or some details of the decoration of other chambers. Between the walls and the fresco there is a blue grid with 192 individual frames. These contain stucco figures of mythical animals that date to the sixteenth century. The decoration is a sophisticated reference to ancient Rome, and also reflects the Mannerist taste for contrasts. The compositional balance is very dynamic, typical of the genius of Giulio Romano.


  • Title: Chamber of the Sun and the Moon
  • Creator: Giulio Romano
  • Creator Lifespan: 1499/1546
  • Creator Death Place: Mantova, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Rome, Italy
  • Date: 1524
  • Type: Part of the Palace

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