chapter  9
18 Pages

Architectural Patronage, Interior Design and Decoration

WithAdelina Modesti

Vittoria della Rovere had at her disposal a number of Medici residences in various cities throughout Tuscany as well as her own residence in Pesaro. On each of these she left her cultural mark, through building works, renovation, interior design and decoration. This chapter will examine some of these architectural and decorative projects, especially at the Pitti Palace and at her own Villa del Poggio Imperiale, which she purchased from her consort in 1659. I will argue that women of means such as Vittoria della Rovere used architecture and palace building to express their own identity as well as a form of public statecraft.