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Galleria Immagini

The Sovereign’s Study

This room was designed as the sovereign’s study. The iconographic intention, therefore, was to celebrate her cultural qualities. On the ceiling there are frescoes painted in 1818 by Domenico del Frate, pupil of Bernardino Nocchi, narrating the Stories of Apollo. In the centre, it recalls the mythological account of Apollo teaching History who sits at the god’s feet listening to his words. To the left are two cupids playing with volumina – rolls of parchment – contained in a case. Above, three nymphs scatter multi-coloured flowers. In the scroll are the words Mugnificentia Maria Luisa Borbonia, a.d. 1818, while the monochrome laterals are faux bas-reliefs showing the Birth of Apollo, Apollo in his day Chariot, The Punishment of Marsyas and Parnassus. The celebration of Apollo as god of the arts is continued on the four doors. On the walls above the doors are Luigi Catani’s decorations depicting Astronomy, Poetry, Painting and Music, each accompanied by a cupid helping them in their work. The doors in walnut wood are delicately decorated with bronze reliefs referring once again to the motif of Victory and Fame.

The chimney designed by Lorenzo Nottolini is tiled with blue and white majolica with rosettes and amphorae. The sun in relief on the terracotta tile at the bottom is another symbol of the god Apollo. The bronze bas-relief on the architrave includes some scenes from the Trajan Column in Rome.