The Villa Farnesina, one of the finest villas in Rome, was built between 1506 and 1510 for Agostino Chigi (1466-1520), to a design by Baldassare Peruzzi (1481-1536).
Agostino Chigi was a fabulously wealthy banker from Siena. Baldassare Peruzzi, painter and architect, also hailed from the same Tuscan city.
The Villa Farnesina was decorated between 1510 and 1519 with frescoes by a range of artists. The Loggia di Galatea has a ceiling frescoed by Peruzzi, while the lunettes are by Sebastiano del Piombo. The loggia takes its name from the fresco by Raphael, his first painting of a mythological subject.
Raphael probably provided the cartoons for the frescoes in the Loggia of Cupid and Pysche, but the actual paintings were executed by his pupils, Giulio Romano, Francesco Penni, Giovanni da Udine and Raffaellino dal Colle. The loggia once opened directly onto the garden.
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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