The most brilliant, innovative disciple of Raphael: a monograph free of preconceived notions, full of new stories and questions.
The work of Giulio Romano analyzed in relation to the context of which it is an integral part: court environments, mentality, religious thought, customs, conventions. Whether in painting, decoration, architecture or set design, the artist’s work touches on the smallest elite aspects, but at the same time conveys fragments of folk sensibility, a love of contrast, the irregular, the eccentric.
The volume features different approaches: continuity and discontinuity with tradition, the demands of a particular court environment, the ideals of a borderline era, filled with doubts and deep contradictions. The research is developed along multiple thematic lines, and the resulting stories are full of questions: for the work before 1524 as well as the painting cycles and architecture of Palazzo Te, for the religious works and those of Mantua, while a radical revision has been made in the cataloguing of the paintings and drawings.