Palazzo Ducale a Mantova

1996, Printed Later
Archival lambda color photograph

Signed, titled, dated and from edition of 5 on artist’s label on verso.

Available in 3 sizes: 100 x 120 cm. (39.4 x 47.2 in.), 120 x 150 cm. (47.2 x 59.1 in.), 180 x 225 cm. (70.9 x 88.6 in.)

In Massimo Listri’s depiction of “Palazzo Ducale a Mantova,” viewers are drawn into the grandeur of one of Italy’s most esteemed Renaissance palaces.

Palazzo Ducale, located in Mantua, stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. Originally constructed in the 14th century, the palace underwent extensive renovations and expansions over the centuries, becoming a magnificent showcase of Renaissance art and architecture.

Listri’s photograph captures a striking perspective down a lengthy hall within the palace. On the left side, a series of windows and doors punctuate the space, adorned with intricately carved bust reliefs above them. These decorative elements add to the palace’s regal ambiance, reflecting the artistic mastery of the Renaissance period.

Meanwhile, the ceilings boast elaborate carvings and murals, showcasing the craftsmanship of renowned artists who contributed to the palace’s embellishment. On the right wall, busts set into the wall are complemented by trompe-l’œil architectural balconies below them, creating a sense of depth and dimension within the space.

Through Listri’s lens, viewers are transported into the resplendent halls of Palazzo Ducale, where every detail speaks to the palace’s illustrious history and cultural significance. The photograph invites contemplation of the palace’s role as a center of power, patronage, and artistic innovation during the Renaissance era.

Palazzo Ducale remains a cherished symbol of Mantua’s Renaissance legacy, offering visitors a glimpse into the grandeur and refinement of Italy’s princely courts. Listri’s portrayal of the palace captures its timeless allure, inspiring awe and admiration for the architectural marvels of the Renaissance period.