Il giardino della Favorita e la presenza a Mantova di Girolamo Rainaldi digital
formato: Articolo | ARTE LOMBARDA - 2012 - 1-2
The garden of Favorita and Girolamo Rainaldi’s presence in Mantua PAOLO CARPEGGIANI The project for the garden of Favorita – the ambitious suburban residence of Ferdinando Gonzaga, work of Nicolò Sebregondi (1585-1652) – casts some light on the relationship between Gonzaga and Roman architect Girolamo Rainaldi (1570-1655), so far barely considered by scholars. While historians have established that Ferdinando’s passion for collecting decorative arts was governed by a taste developed during the Roman years – he was named Cardinal by Paul V in 1607, and took over the lead of the Duchy after his older brother Francesco’s death –, his connection with Rainaldi, also known as an experienced fountain designer and water engineer. Through an accurate research on the documents and the study of the Duke’s correspondence, the project for the spectacular garden and its fountains is attributed to the Roman architect, who likely met the Cardinal during the latter’s stay in Rome.