By Anne Leader
Giulio Romano died on All Saints’ Day (1 November) in 1546 in Mantua. Trained by Raphael, Giulio carried on his master’s workshop in Rome until 1524, when he left for Mantua to enter the service of Federico II Gonzaga. Giulio participated in some of the most important and spectacular projects of the early sixteenth century, including the papal apartments (Stanze) for Pope Julius II, the Vatican Loggia for Pope Leo X, the Villa Madama for Pope Clement VII, and the Palazzo del Te for Gonzaga.
Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Sala di Costantino, 1520, Rome, Vatican Palace.
Courtyard façade of the Palazzo del Te, Mantua, c. 1525–35; Photo credit: Pollak/Art Resource, NY
Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche, 1528, fresco, Sala di Psiche, Palazzo del Te, Mantua; Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
Fall of the Giants, 1532–4, fresco, Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo del Te, Mantua; photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY