Palazzo dei Diamanti

Palazzo dei Diamanti
Named for the unusual shape of the over 8,500 marble blocks on the façade, Palazzo dei Diamanti is one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in the world. Count Sigismondo d’Este, brother of Duke Ercole I d'Este commissioned the palazzo, choosing Biagio Rossetti as his architect. Construction began in 1493, with the palazzo located in the ideal centre of the so-called "Addizione Erculea", one of the most important and beautiful examples of Renaissance city planning.

The palazzo was acquired by the city of Ferrara in 1832. On the ground floor are living quarters and spaces where the major temporary exhibitions organized by Ferrara Arte and the Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara are held, while the first floor hosts the collections of the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Ferrara.




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Various documents attest that the construction work had already begun on the palazzo, which was designed by Biagio Rossetti.

The façade of the building was already decorated "in marble and diamonds."

The completion of the building is entrusted to Cristoforo da Milano and Girolamo da Pasino, while the commission for the sculptures on the façade was given to Gabriele Frisoni.

The palazzo was inherited by Cardinal Luigi d’Este, second son of Duke Ercole II. He built the great staircase and the decorated ceiling for the large salon on the first floor.

Cesare d'Este inherited the palazzo. He commissioned a decorative cycle, which is partially conserved, and made a number of changes to the palazzo, such as the large salon on the piano nobile and the "Benvenuto Tisi" rooms on the ground floor, which are on the route of visits to the Pinacoteca and the temporary exhibition halls.

The House of Este transferred its seat to Modena after the devolution of Ferrara to the Pontifical State, however, they retained ownership of the palazzo.

The palazzo was sold to Marquis Villa, who commissioned various changes, such as the addition of the sculpted candelabras at the sides of the entrance.

The City of Ferrara acquired the building in order to house the Pinacoteca and the local University.

The building was badly damaged by bombardment. Various restorations took place in the post war period.

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