The Mauritian Palace

The sixteenth-century triumphal arch, perhaps erected by Orazio Malaguzzi, introduces a tree-lined avenue that leads to the Mauriziano: despite the renovations of the 17th - 18th centuries, the building maintains the structure that connects it to the Renaissance villa.

The internal pictorial decoration, datable after 1567, is influenced by Nicolò dell'Abate: in the "Camerino dei Poeti" ancient and modern painters are depicted, and scenes from the "Decameron"; in the "Camerino dell'Ariosto", according to the poet's studio tradition, the paintings allude to the landscape motif of the villa with garden.

In the last room, in homage to Orazio Malaguzzi, the story of Orazio Coclite is depicted, while the frescoes in the hall, dating back to the 1700s, tell the story of the family.

From 1522, according to the fashion of the "antiquarian gardens", various Latin epigraphs found in the vicinity were placed in the garden, now preserved in the Palazzo dei Musei in Reggio Emilia. The Municipality of Reggio Emilia bought the Mauriziano from the Malaguzzi family in 1863.

Ludovico Ariosto spent his childhood at the Mauriziano, and often returned there: he maintained relations with the maternal family of the Malaguzzi, and remembered those places with pleasure, as in satire IV: "Your Mauricïan always yearning, the beautiful room, the nearby Rhone , from the Naiade beloved shady seat ».

At the entrance to the building there is a bust of the poet.


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