One of the most important sections of the Mantua City Museum is undoubtedly the one that takes us back to the golden age of the Gonzagas and to the time of Mantegna, Isabella d'Este and Francesco II. Two 17th century contributions complete this collection of work. Visitors can admire and study in detail the features and modelling of the sculptures on display here. They will especially enjoy the paintings and historical and artistic figures brought to life.
The exquisite beauty of this piece, its unusual size, the contrast between the sweet, sleeping figure of Cupid and the robust snakes that brush against him have led some scholars to come to a conclusion about to whom this work might be attributed, with some highly-vaunted artists in the frame. Some, for example, suggest that it may be the work of Antonio Lombardo. More specifically, Gianna Pinotti, following the trail of the Cupids that were in the possession of Isabella d'Este and have since been lost, has developed a complex theory linking this piece to Michalengelo Buonarroti, who has been identified as the creator of one of the two missing sculptures. While there is no definite proof, the subject is still very much up for debate.
Ideato e promosso da / Founded and Promoted by:
Mattia Palazzi (Sindaco del Comune di Mantova)
con Lorenza Baroncelli (Assessore alla rigenerazione urbana e del territorio, marketing urbano, progetti e relazioni internazionali del Comune di Mantova)
Coordinamento Scientifico / Scientific Coordinator:
Curatore testi e immagini / Superintendent texts and images:
In collaborazione con / In cooperation with:
Stefano Benetti (Palazzo Te e Musei Civici)
Foto di / Photo by:
Gian Maria Pontiroli
Redazione / Editors:
Un ringraziamento speciale a / A special thanks to:
Lo staff di Palazzo Te che ha fatto il turno dalle 19 all’1 del mattino per la gigapixel per tre giorni di fila