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Palazzo Fava

Now the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

The Spells of Medea

In l583, Filippo Fava, scion of one of Bologna's most prominent families, was visiting his tailor, who had heard that he was seeking artists to fresco his brand new palace. The tailor recommended his sons, who had just returned from studying in other parts of Italy and had made great progress according to their slightly older cousin, and would work more for honour than a fee. Signor Fava decided to let them have a go painting a series of mythological scenes on the upper walls.

The brothers, of course, were the Carracci, Annibale and Agostino and cousin Ludovico who worked together, sharing ideas and painting side by side on the Story of Europa (1583–84), the Story of Jason (1583-84, with a striking scene of Medea, purifying herself by the light of the moon, which the critic Andrea Emiliani called the 'first truly modern female nude in Italian art'), and the Story of Aeneas (1586), which was partly frescoed by Bartolomeo Cesi.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art