Camera degli Sposi
Camera degli Sposi
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8:45 AM - 7:15 PM
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8:45 AM - 7:15 PM
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The Camera degli Sposi is located in the north-east tower of the Castle of San Giorgio, which is part of the museum complex of Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. Painted by Andrea Mantegna over a period of nine years, from 1465 to 1474, as evidenced by an inscription on the corner of the east window and by the indication on the golden plaque with which the artist dedicates his work to the marquises of Mantua.
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Jenny F
Montreal, Canada118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Camera is a one -room that sings of the genius that is Mantegna. As small as it is, I spent over 1 hour completely mesmerized by its beauty. If you visit the Palazzo Ducale, your entrance fee covers the Camera degli Sposi. Please do not overlook this, you would regret it.
Written November 6, 2019
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Hans W
Namur, Belgium70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This room is not to be missed when in Mantova and worth the travel. Mantegna created an absolute masterpiece.
Written August 7, 2019
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LeBiscuit D
Los Angeles, CA18,687 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This was the reason we came to Mantua, but a main section was closed off. It was supposed to open the next day (didn't). The ticket process is confusing and the staff is rude. There are overly crowded timed entries with some hours having way too many people and others having very few - the point should be to achieve balance.

There is very little interpretive material so know your Mantuan history before you go (or use wikipedia while there if you have data). They are using part of this area for a non-Renaissance related display of (mediocre) religious art.
Written June 30, 2019
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This alone is a reason to visit Mantua, and a requirement once you are there. The frescoed room is located inside the Palazzo Ducale. I was asked at the ticket counter if i had a reservation (the answer was no), but they gave me a ticket on the spot and told me where to enter. The Palazzo is very large and you need a little guidance to find what is where. The Camera is inside the Palazzo down the street to the left of the ticket booth. Enter an open area and cross a very large plaza. A ticket taker will guide you the rest of the way. Also see the exhibition on setting the room in context on the ground floor of the palazzo. You enter a spiral staircase and enter two reception rooms that show wall plaques about the Camera and explain some of the details. There is also a film playing on a loop. We were warned, on TripAdvisor, that you only get five minutes in the room. On this occasion,it being March, we could stay as long as we liked and no one rushed us out. Maybe it is different in the summer. The Camera is exquisite with many fine details and demands some concentrated looking. It is one of the great paintings in the Renaissance and is a must-see when in Mantua.
Written March 20, 2019
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60Marg
Dominican Republic41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you are visiting Mantua do not miss the Camera degli Sposi. These frescos are magnificent and so well preserved. The ceiling portrays an oculus so real and amazingly beautiful. Wonderful experience!
Written March 5, 2019
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ginsengNewYork
New York City, NY1,305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had no problem, in September, securing tickets at the last minute at the gate!
No queue, no wait, and no restricted time in the precious "Spouses Room"
(However, this masterpiece would be well worth the wait for any art lover...)
Do read about it before visiting or you may miss out on the significance and historical and artistic importance of the frescoes.
To put it simply, they represent a family/court portrait, done in a very realistic way, with many psychological details pointing out to the importance, wealth, and power of the Gonzaga family throughout centuries, as well as a masterpiece of illusion and perspective.
Every detail has its importance:
-Medallions on the ceiling depict Hercule's works,(refering to the military glory of the Gonzaga condottiere), as well as Roman emperors (hence drawing a link between the Gonzagas and the glory of imperial Rome)
-The "Court Scene" on the first wall shows the duke (or was it marquis?) Ludovico Gonzaga, with his wife Barbara of Brandenburg.(who does look quite homely and severe I must admit; she however was quite a character, keeping firm hold of his possessions while he was at war). Ludovico is presented as the patriarch surrounded with his children and grandchildren who will insure the family's posterity, but also as the perfect ruler with all his qualities. A group of courtiers (plus family astronomer, duke's dwarf, etc ) fills the rest of the wall.
This portrait is far from static (Ludovico's wife checks out what her husband could be saying to his advisor who just brought him a letter, while the elegant courtiers are speaking to one another; the only static figure is the very stern dward staring at you!)
Indeed, Mantegna brilliantly succeeds in drawing us into that elegant frescoe.
One of Ludovico's children is missing from this scene: Francesco, who is however represented on another wall in a second fresco entitled "the meeting (of father and son)"
This fresco shows duke Ludovico in official robes welcoming his son, who at 17 years old became...Cardinal !
Bingo! the Gonzaga family can now boast not only political and military power but also religious power!
With these amazing frescoes and trompe-l-oeil, Mantegna brilliantly celebrated his patron's power and glory.
Last but not least is the playful trompe-l-oeil opening in the ceiling (or oculus as in Rome's Pantheon) that seems to open into a blue sky, with foreshortened servants looking down and putti frolicking around a balustrade!
Written October 1, 2018
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stefano s
508 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Please do not misunderstand me. Of course we were amazed by this masterpiece and we would have enjoyed longer if this would not be restricted to just 5 minutes! I mean, the Giotto chapel in Padua and the Last supper in Brera allows you a 15 minutes staying. In addition to this you are forced to access within the time period indicated on the ticket, not later... there are too many time restrictions on these marvelous paintings! On Monday the building is closed as it is a state museum! Unimaginable, the access must be more flexible (it stops at 17) and should be possible even in the evening to skip hottest hours. Please take note as the city museum are more flexible and enjoyable also on Monday. Enjoy!
Written August 22, 2018
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lucabellucci
Turin, Italy19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
This masterpiece of Andrea Mantegna is a unique Renaissance experience, like Leonardo's Gioconda you must see it once in your life,
Written November 19, 2017
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reneebe
United Kingdom68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
The finest painting, captivating you with likenesses of all the Gonzaga entourage in all their glory. Highly recommended. An oculus that is breathtaking, too.
Written September 3, 2017
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linskitours
Harpenden, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We were unhurried through this room where photos are not restricted. It is just wonderful to be able to admire this art. When much of Europe went from turmoil to turmoil the Gonzagas were embarking on 400 years of rule in Mantua and a great contribution to our civilisation. We were in awe of the quality and condition of what you can see.
Written October 14, 2022
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