1499, five hundred and twenty years ago Giulio Pippi, known as il Romano ‘the Roman’, was born in Rome.
This date is reported in his death-register.
At early age he became the favorite pupil of Raphael.
1519, five hundred years ago, Francesco II Gonzaga,
the husband of Isabella d‘Este and father of Federico II Gonzaga died,
who very soon called Giulio at court, thus conferring noble assignments to a master and friend.
In 2019, MANTUA dedicates an important exhibition to GIULIO ROMANO,
the genius of Italian mannerism.
In fact, when an artist can evoke emotions to the observer after many centuries,
such an artist can undoubtedly be judged to be a genius.
Up to today his art appears to be modern, fresh and actual.
Time, it seems, has not covered his Mantuan masterworks with the patina of forgetfulness:
the Palazzo Te, the cathedral of Saint Peter, the Hall of Troy in the Palazzo Ducale and the Abbey church
of San Benedetto Po remain the manifestation of an original,
undisturbed, uncommon, eccentric, confident, sometimes ironic and deliberately light-hearted way of expression.
For further information and special guided tours of the exhibition, visit the web site
Guide Turistiche di Mantova