The Hall of the Months in Palazzo Schifanoia

The walls of the Hall of the Months in Palazzo Schifanoia, in Ferrara, were frescoed by various artists – including Ercole de’ Roberti, one of House of Este’s painters during the Renaissance. Art historian and critic Roberto Longhi has written about him:

“Here, a new madness exploded in Ferrara’s art: this young painter […] even found a way to invent his own personal Cubism, feisty and fanciful.”

The frescoes of Palazzo Schifanoia were painted between July 1469 and March 1470, and make up a large-scale calendar divided into twelve sections, each one dedicated to a month of the year with three parts: on top, a divinity from classic Greek mythology; in the middle, symbols of the zodiac signs and of the three decades; and on the bottom, scenes of bucolic life.

Borso d’Este – duke of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio – entrusted the calendar to the group of painters that Roberto Longhi called “officina di Ferrara” (which generated “fantastic, astrological and myth-worshipping traditions”). Their frescoes were “so successful they were taken as the model for the ‘Months’ Achille Funi created in 1935 for the Arengo Hall in Ferrara; they also opened ‘Fantasia degli italiani’, the iconographic itinerary Raffaele Carrieri created with Gio Ponti in 1939” (translated from G. Lupo, “Poesia come pittura”, Vita e Pensiero, Milan 2002).

Here is a selection of images from this wonderful cycle.

Photos via:
http://amarisla.com/ferrara-salone-mesi-palazzo-schifanoia/
http://www.museoferrara.it/view/s/f76d289e4971440e829f1bf201edd5c3
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maggio,_francesco_del_cossa,_02.jpg
https://igufinarranti.altervista.org/palazzo-schifanoia-a-ferrara-breviglieri/
http://zloris.blogspot.com/2013/02/palazzo-schifanoia-ferrara.html

The Hall of the Months in Palazzo Schifanoia

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