Edited by Marzio Dall'Acqua, Gianni Guadalupi, Franco Maria Ricci
1994 / 60 PAGES.
Language: Three editions: Italian, French, English
A tiny, ancient town in the province of Parma, dominated by a fortress (the Rocca Sanvitale, also known as the castle of Fontanellato) that jealously preserves the work of a youthful Parmigianino, Fontnellato comes to life in this volume edited by Franco Maria Ricci himself.
With its Medieval military air and surrounded by a moat, the Rocca towers like an island above Fontanellato. It was later the residence of the Sanvitale family (one of the most prominent of the Parma aristocrats in the first half of the 13th century), who devoted themselves to poetic court pleasures behind its stone walls, turning it into a treasure chest guarding a gem of Mannerist painting: the myth of Diana and Acteon, frescoed by a youthful Parmigianino. Despite the traces left by time and occasionally bizarre restoration work, the Rocca maintains its solitary aristocratic elegance, as attested to by all the marvels illustrated in this volume.