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Ceiling - Jupiter, Juno and the other gods on Mount Olympus

Chamber of Giants

Palazzo Te - Mantua


Wicked and presumptuous earthly inhabitants, the giants planned to overthrow the gods. In order to reach the top of Mount Olympus they piled mount Ossa on top of mount Pelion and began to climb.

Aided by Juno, Jupiter takes his revenge, punishing the giants by unleashing the fury of the elements against them and striking them with his thunderbolts

Lower down mountains, buildings and temples are collapsing around the Giants’ broken bodies.


The Chamber of the Giants is the most famous and most arresting room in the palazzo. Unique in the history of modern art, Giulio Romano’s daringly experimental painting here has remained without parallel for centuries.

The room is conceived as a single space in which decoration and reality overlap. On entering one is plunged directly into the story.

The archaeological boundaries are concealed by the painting as the walls, vault, and originally the floor, merge without distinction. Vasari tells us in fact that the floor was made of river pebbles that continued, painted, around the base of the walls.

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Taken on September 28, 2014