The Loggia of the Muses was probably the ancient entrance of the Palace. It connects the northern facade to the Cour d'honneur. Here the sixteenth-century reinterpretation of the ancient emblems becomes visible. The traditional association of frescoes and stuccoes is enriched by the classical mythological representation and by the presence of Egyptian sacred figures, surrounded by hieroglyphics. The colours used for the decorations are refined, and are both soft and brilliant, creating a strong effect against the white shade of the stuccoes. Particularly interesting is the fact that the hieroglyphics are not invented but on the contrary were taken from existing Egyptian statues.


  • Title: Loggia of the Muses
  • 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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