Salvatore Monda

Ovidian Stories in the cycle of frescoes of Gambatesa Castle

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Among the many frescoes adorning the rooms of the Castle of Gambatesa, painted by Donatus Decumbertinus in 1550, there are four mythological episodes taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Three of them involve Jupiter's love affairs (with Io, Europa and Danae), while the fourth one concerns Mercury and Erse. Some of the solutions adopted by the painter show to be original if compared with both literary and iconographic tradition.

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