External facade

The façade facing via Pietro Frattini of Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga is striking for its considerable size, which is almost double that of the adjacent buildings.

The façade takes up, apart from the baroque language, the canons of the Mantuan tradition consolidated during the Renaissance, which provided for a composition organized by horizontal bands relatively independent of each other: basement, inhabited floors and attic.

The first is represented here by the plinth characterized by ashlars in marble with diamond points.

The inhabited floors have windows that follow the typical grouping criterion according to the I-II-I-I-II-I scheme, with a portal in the middle.

Taken from: Giulio Girondi, Abitare nella Mantova Barocca, Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga, Mantua, 2009, 10.