The Camerino Farnese

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The Choice of Hercules by Annibale Carracci - 1596

The decision to paint the ceiling of the Camerino instead of proceeding with the original plans for the Alessandro Farnese cycle Farnese Gallery was taken before the summer of 1595. The frescoes glorifying their father's deeds would have to wait until the arrival of the book of drawing which Odoardo had asked Ranuccio to send him; in the meantime Annibale Carracci was to be given as his first task of the decoration of the cardinal's own study.

The Camerino is on the first, or principal, floor of the Palazzo Farnese, it measures slightly more than fifteen by thirty feet.

Frescoes of Camerino Farnese[edit]

  • Hercules bearing the globe
    Hercules resting
    Ulysses and Circe
    Ulysses and the Sirens
    Chastity
    Intelligence
    Security
    Piety
    Perseus and Medusa
    Catanian Brothers
    Justice
    Temperance
    Fortitude
    Prudence

Gallery[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Martin, John Rupert (1965). The Farnese Gallery. Princeton University Press.