HISTORY

Fresco Apartment’s Noble families and Renowned Artists

The apartment is set in an historical palace that dates back to the first half of the sixteenth century. The original building was constructed for the noble prelate monsignor Costanzo Patrizi, and was then sold to brothers Ascanio and Prospero Costaguti whose heirs still maintain ownership of the palace and the noble title of Marquess. Powerful figures in their time, the Costaguti family renovated the palace, expanding it and commissioning highly acclaimed architects and painters from Rome.

Following the canon of Renaissance architecture, the palace features a piano nobile (main noble floor) accessed by a stately marble staircase. The noble floor housed the main public rooms for receptions and parties as well as the master bedrooms. These rooms now form part of this delightful apartment. The decorated interiors feature some of the most famous painters of the late Renaissance and early Baroque gracing the walls and ceilings with works of art, the main living room has a fresco depicting the Allegories of the Months and Virtues.

World Class Art  

Original 16th and 17th century frescoes by celebrity artists at the time, such as the Zuccari brothers and Cavalier d’Arpino (one of Caravaggio’s early teachers) decorate the ceilings with museum-quality works. The Apartment has recently been refurbished by a leading Italian architectural firm who also commissioned a series of modern artwork which were carried out by a group of young, local Roman artists and students. The decision to work with student artists draws a parallel with the early 17th century fresco in the billiard room by Cavalier d’Arpino who was the master of a painting school in Rome where Caravaggio studied when he first arrived in the Eternal City. 

Palazzo Apartment

The origins of the Palazzo Apartment go back to the Middle Ages when a powerful family, the Margani, commissioned a group of buildings around the square. The apartment is in Albertoni Palazzo built in the 17th century on the foundations of a renaissance palace. Some features recall the ancient structure such as the arched portals and the family coat of arms. 

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