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Galleria Immagini

Councillors' Room

The ceiling of the Councillors’ or Ministers’ Room has at its centre a pictorial decoration by the Florentine painter Gaspero Martellini, who is known to have decorated walls in the Pitti Palace in Florence. This narrative painting depicts the Dispute between Pallas Athena and Poseidon on the Name to be given to Athens and alludes to the unity between King, Ministers and the People in decisions relating to affairs of State. A floral festoon frames the scene. The four monochrome figures at the sides represent: Pericles, the statesman; Plato the philosopher; Fidius the artist and Solon the legislator. They are accompanied by pairs of winged victories. The fireplace is made of white Carrara marble. In the architrave, bas-relief alternates with porphyry mirrors and there are three cupids sculpted in white marble with trumpet, chalice and Panpipes, with pairs of wrestling cupids at the sides. The candelabra with grotesques on pilaster strips are derived from the sculptures of Stagio Stagi in the cathedral in Pietrasanta.

On the east wall, a marble column bears the bust of Teresa Bandettini (her name as member of the Academy was Amaryllis Hetrusca), a Lucchese poetess who was probably responsible for the complex iconography in the Statue Gallery which is situated in the Sovereign’s summer apartments in what are now the offices of the Prefecture in Lucca. The doors of walnut wood are decorated with delicate bronze racemes and lions’ heads in relief.