Piazza Sant' Eustachio
Tucked away in a corner of Piazza Sant' Eustachio stands a charming little building, the 16th century Palazzetto di Tizio da Spoleto, which is notable for its painted facade.
The palazzetto stands within the shadow of the church of Sant' Eustachio and the frescoes, attributed to the brothers Taddeo and Federico Zuccari, illustrate scenes from the life of Saint Eustace. The prominent coat of arms of Pope Pius IV (r. 1559-65) indicate the date the frescoes were executed.
The practise of painting frescoes on the facades of palazzi became popular in the 16th century. However, few examples survive, and none in good condition.
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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