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Publication Date

Summer 2015

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Art History


Anne Simonson


brescia, condottiere, fresco, italy, northern italy, renaissance

Subject Areas

Art history


In c. 1539 the condottiere Girolamo Martinengo of the Padernello branch had a frescoed interior painted for the celebration of his marriage to Eleonora Gonzaga of Sabbioneta and Bozzolo. The painted room, known as the Saletta delle Dame, is located at the Palazzo Martinengo-Padernello in Brescia, Italy, and depicts the portraits of eight women believed to be from the Martinengo and Gonzaga families. By considering primary archival sources, on-site field research done by the author and secondary sources, this thesis examines the intended function of the interior through historical and social context. Research is presented that explores the function of the interior and the suggested identities of the portraits and compares the Saletta to other well-known interiors located in the Venetian terraferma. The location of the Saletta delle Dame in Brescia, on the periphery of Venice and Milan, a geographically underrepresented region in scholarship, prevents the Saletta from being a widely recognizable example for Renaissance interiors. This research contributes to the study of the Saletta and art located in peripheral geographic locations.