Fondazione Palazzo Te and Factum Foundation

In early 2022, Factum Foundation and Fondazione Palazzo Te partnered up to carry out a vast high-resolution digitisation project inside three rooms within Palazzo Te, Mantua. This marked the first of several collaborations between our two entities, which then evolved into a more holistic approach to using technology for new exhibition content and displays.

The palace, built as a place of leisure for the Gonzaga family in the mid-16th century, was designed and frescoed by Giulio Pippi, better known as Giulio Romano. A brilliant pupil of Raphael, with whom he worked on the Vatican Rooms and many other works, Giulio Romano moved to Mantua shortly after the death of his teacher in 1520. Arriving in Mantua in 1524 as the official court artist of Marquis (later Duke) Federico II Gonzaga, he received the commission to “build a small residence to which he [the marquis] could retire sometimes to feast, or dine for pleasure” (G. Vasari, Lives of the Artists). According to biographer Giorgio Vasari, the elaborate model that Giulio Romano presented to the marquis was enough for him to immediately begin construction, and the finished palace soon became a source of inspiration for artists and architects alike, thanks to its innovative designs and frescoed rooms.