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The Music Room in Early Modern France and ItalySound, Space and Object$
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Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265055

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.001.0001

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Women on the Edge: The ‘Saletta delle Dame’ of the Palazzo Salvadego in Brescia

Women on the Edge: The ‘Saletta delle Dame’ of the Palazzo Salvadego in Brescia

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(p.115) 6 Women on the Edge: The ‘Saletta delle Dame’ of the Palazzo Salvadego in Brescia
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The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy
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REBECCA NORRIS

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.003.0007

Form and content give rise to the question of function in the Saletta delle Dame of the Palazzo Salvadego. It is a uniquely decorated space in which frescos cover the four walls, treating the viewer to an all-round vista of the countryside. Mediating between illusion and reality are eight life-size depictions of women in contemporary dress, whom, set in pairs behind a fictive balustrade, focus their attention towards the centre of the room. In the vaulted ceiling are painted musical instruments, suggesting a possible use for this space. The decorative effect is unlike any other room from this period. This chapter explores the imagery of the Saletta and considers its function within the broader context of frescoed Italian Renaissance rooms.

Keywords:   Brescia, sixteenth century, marriage, frescoes, dress, women, musical instruments, Saletta delle Dame, Palazzo Salvadego

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