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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ad Este fideles


Ferrara, not far from Venice, was and remains one of the main centers of Renaissance culture in Italy. Here Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso (link) wrote their masterpieces. Here a lot of palaces, monuments, museums, works of that time can still be admired. A gorgeous private collection of art is e.g. the Cavallini Sgarbi Collection, the name Sgarbi indicating the in/famous scholar and showman Vittorio, while Marchioness Cavallini was his mother. In the photos, clockwise:

- A scale model of Ferrara as was in the Renaissance. In the foreground, the fortress, no longer existing. Top right, the Este Castle.
- Inside the Castle.
- Father Girolamo Savonarola, who was born in Ferrara in 1452, but his rise and fall are connected with Florence.
- A cannon of the early 17th century.