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Villa Giustiniani Massimo, Rome

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  • Casino Massimo Lancellotti (in Villa Giustiniani Massimo) - Rome The building, an example of the late Mannerist taste, was built in the early 1600s within a vineyard- cultivated land, purchased in 1605 by the Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani, Prince of Bassano and custodian of the Apostolic Chamber. All four elevations of the building are enriched with bas-reliefs, medallions framed by crowns and stucco decorations depicting the eagles of the Justinians and the doves of the Pamphilj. In the facade on Via Boiardo, above the portal, is inserted the side of a sarcophagus of the 3rd century A.D. depicting the myth of Achilles and Scus. At the end of the 18th century the villa was purchased by Prince Charles Maximus. The interiors (the three rooms on the garden side) were frescoed between 1817 and 1829 with scenes from the major poems of Italian literature and are the most important testimony of the artistic activity, of the Nazarenes, painters who were inspired by the Italian painting of the early Renaissance. In particular: Ariosto Room - Episodes of the Furious Orlando frescoed by J. F. Overbeck, P.Veit, J.A.Koch Room of the Badger - Episodes of the Liberated Jerusalem by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld and J. F. Overbeck Dante's Room - Scenes of Paradise and Purgatory frescoed by J. A. Koch In 1848 the villa passed to the Lancellotti family who sold much of the park as a fabricable area. A peculiarity: in 1885 the portal of the wall of the villa was donated to the City of Rome which placed it in 1931 as the entrance of Villa Celimontana. Since 1948 the building has been home to the delegation of Franciscans of the Holy Land.
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