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La Sala delle Asse, Milan

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#56 of 114 in Museums in Milan
The Sala delle Asse, is the location for a wall and ceiling painting in tempera on plaster, of decorated "intertwining plants with fruits and monochromes of roots and rocks", by Leonardo da Vinci, dating from about 1498 and located in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.HistoryDuring the painting of his Last Supper, Leonardo was presented with a room in the Sforza Castle for his own use by the then Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. Some documents describe the work of Leonardo in the Sforza Castle; this includes an order of Ludovico Sforza and a letter of 1498 by the Chancellor Gualtiero Bescapè addressed to the Duke, where it said that in September of that year, the artist had finished decorating the Sala delle Asse. Leonardo was responsible for the decoration of the ceiling and the walls, how many people worked with him is unknown.Description and styleThe painting covers the ceiling and upper walls of the Sala delle Asse. Leonardo designed a decoration scheme that reproduces an outdoor space, in which great tree trunks starting from the walls extend their branches from lunettes to cover the entire ceiling, where they create a dense pergola with a complex interwoven pattern. The dense network of branches and foliage, according to Frank Zöllner, "seems to break through the wall of the closed room, turning it into an ideal outdoor landscape".The fresco shows some roots penetrating layers of rocks, they form the base of the trunk of the tree, which form branches and gives the green leaves covering the ceiling, weaving form geometric patterns.
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  • Although the hall itself is impressive, the video presentation is even more staggering. Quite an unexpected treat while discovering the Castle.  more »
  • The room itself is rather beautiful and impressive with the paintings of the tree trunks on the walls and the ceiling covered with paintings of leaves. The video is really impressive as it lights up.....  more »
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  • I visited the beautiful and beautiful axis hall videos that describe the room and video of the period when Leonardo da Vinci stayed in Milan and his activity carried out .
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