When, in the ninth decade of the sixteenth century, Bernardino Campi received by Vespasian Gonzaga orders to carry out a series of twelve paintings on canvas depicting many Roman emperors to be placed in the Palazzo Ducale in Sabbioneta, the artist from Cremona had certainly not clear the memory of His trip to Mantova completed more than twenty years before. Franz Ferdinand d’Avalos, Marchese del Vasto and governor of Milan, had in fact wanted to follow on the occasion of the wedding of Duke William Gonzaga with Eleanor of Austria, daughter of Emperor Ferdinand of Austria, in April 1561.

The biographer Alessandro Lamo said that the painter and the governor were struck at the sight of the eleven Caesars paintings by Titian for the Duke Federico II Gonzaga between 1538 and 1540; the paintings were in a small dressing room decorated by Giulio Romano in the Apartment of Troy of the Ducal Palace in Mantua.

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