►Art / Mythology: “The Loggia of Psyche” at The Villa Farnesina
(Frescoes Based on the Myth Of Eros and Psyche):
The Villa Farnesina is placed in the Trastevere area of Rome on the Via della Lungara along the river Tiber.
It was designed by Baldassare Perluzzi between 1508 and 1512 for the banker, Agostino Chigi who was in love with his mistress Francesca Ordeaschi to whom he finally married in 1519.
After Chigi, the villa was purchased by the Farnese family and connected by a bridge across the Tiber to the huge Palazzo Farnese on the opposite bank.
The walls related to the Loggia of Phsyche were frescoed by several noted artists, most importantly Raphael, but it’s the ceiling that illustrates Psyche and Eros’ story.
Scholars suggest that the story cycle alludes to Chigi’s own life, and his recent…
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