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The Zephyr and Flora Lounge

The Zephyr and Flora Lounge: wall with a painting illustrating the continent of Africa, represented by a woman with a lion crouching at her feet and corals on her ears, features alluding to the continent’s animals and its costumes.

 

The lounge is decorated with the painting “Zephyr and Flora” by Francesco Salvetti (the vault). In the monochrome frieze there are scenes with typical Spring games of the Erotes alternated with medallions depicting small flying characters like the dancers of Herculaneum. The ornaments and square panels date probably back to the beginning of the pictorial decoration campaign commissioned by Elisa Baciocchi. At the wall there is a Doric fireplace with a small relief portraying some playing Erotes by Lorenzo Nottolini. On the walls there are two paintings of Raffaele Giovanetti (1783-1855) depicting the continents:

  • “America”, with a veiled head, a quiver and some colorful birds next to her: these are elements that recall the customs of the Amerindians, particularly of those living in the Central pre-Columbian America;
  • “Africa”, represented by a woman with a lion crouching at her feet and corals on her ears, features alluding to the continent’s animals and its costumes.

 

The Zephyr and Flora Lounge, the wall with a painting illustrating “America”, with a veiled head, a quiver and some colorful birds next to her: these are elements that recall the customs of the Amerindians, particularly of those living in the Central pre-Columbian America