Casino of Pius IV (Rome (Vatican City), Santa Sede (Holy See), Italy) : Context aerial view looking north, from the top of the Saint Peter's Dome

Creator:
Ligorio, Pirro, ca. 1500-1583
Published/Created:
Rome, Vatican City, Santa Sede, Holy See, Italy
1558-1562
Date Depicted:
9/1/1994
1500 AD - 1699 AD
Materials:
stone
stucco
Notes:
As papal architect Ligorio's main project was to design a new casino in the Vatican gardens as an afternoon retreat for the Pope. Work on the structure, which began in May 1558, stopped but was resumed in May 1560 after the accession of Pius IV, who was determined to complete many of his predecessor's architectural projects. The casino complex is one of the most charming secluded retreats ever built. It faces a separate free-standing loggia across an oval courtyard, with a pair of entrance arches at the two narrow ends. The arrangement appears to be based on reconstructions of naumachias, as depicted on Roman coins. The courtyard is bordered by benches and has a fountain at the centre. Another fountain is placed on the garden side of the loggia. The exterior walls are encrusted with lavish stuccowork, presenting a decorative repertory closely modelled on motifs from ancient tombs. The figural reliefs celebrate Pius IV, after whom the casino came to be named. The interiors are lavishly decorated with paintings and stuccowork by Federico Barocci, Federico Zuccaro.
Topics:
Architecture -- Italy -- 16th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Mannerist
Culture:
Italian
Accession Number:
1A1-LP-CP-A1
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; rulers and leaders; Pius IV, Pope, 1499-1565 construction buildings; recreation buildings; entertainment buildings; casinos aerial views; casino; pavilion
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
9/1/1994
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10089961
PID:
digcoll:1803522