Only a genius could create a palace like this one, made with 8,500 marble blocks carved with cusps like diamonds. Genius and diamonds, as Xavier Fornet wrote, are closely related: they both shine in the darkness.
Palazzo dei Diamanti, in Ferrara, shines too: the small cusps of the small white, pink-mottled pyramids that completely cover its walls point in different directions to capture the sunlight at its best.
This spectacular Renaissance building – famously imitated by Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon, Portugal, in the 16th century – was built by Sigismondo d’Este, who entrusted architect Biagio Rossetti with designing it, by coincidence, in the same year in which Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, 1492.
Inside, the palace holds more beautiful gems: the most important paintings created by the School of Ferrara between the 13th and the 18th century, as well as works by artists such as Gentile da Fabriano, Andrea Mantegna and Vittore Carpaccio.
Precious works of human genius, inside and out.