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Galleria Immagini

Guard Room

The architectural layout of the room that would accommodate the Council General during the period of the Republic is actually sixteenth century. The painted sunken panels in the coffer ceiling have classical motifs such as the Greek key design, foliage, ovules and indentations. In 1820, Maria Luisa Borbone commissioned a series of frescoes by the Milan painter Luigi Ademollo, then working in Florence in the Pitti Palace and the Pergola Theatre. The iconographic theme is taken from the Stories of Emperor Trajan, an example of an enlightened, magnanimous ruler. The painting technique created three faux tapestries. From the entrance to the room, looking at the wall on the right, you can see a portico supported by four caryatides with Trajan dismissing his armed guards in the house of the conspirator Licinio Sura. Beside this, Trajan is shown leading his wife Plotilla into the Domus Aurea, and opposite is the Triumph of Trajan.. These works use the imposing settings of Ancient Rome to great effect. Above the lateral doors are allegorical figures with groups of weapons of war and above are faux reliefs with Stories of Trajan. On the wall with windows is painted the Allegory of Borbone Constancy who is shown in triumph in a chariot drawn by two white horses trampling on Napoleonic vices: Violence, Envy and Betrayal, as testament to the success of the Restoration.