The beautiful fresco of the 'Marriage of Alexander the Great and Roxana' (c. 1517), in the Sala delle Nozze di Alessandro e Rossana (Villa Farnesina), is the work of Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (1477-1549), better known as il Sodoma.
The room was originally the bedchamber of Agostino Chigi (1466-1520), the wealthy banker from Siena, who commissioned the architect and painter Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536), a fellow Senese, to build the villa (1508-1511).
Bazzi also painted the fresco of the 'Women of the Family of Darius before Alexander'.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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