A LIST OF THE MAIN DAMAGES IN THE DUCAL PALACE

CASTLE OF SAN GIORGIO

  • Bridal Chamber by Mantegna (“Camera degli Sposi”, aka “Camera Picta”: along crack appeared on the wall with portraits of the Gonzaga family; some of pieces of frescoed plaster have fallen down. Chamber of the Initials: opening of cracks in the frescoed ceiling. Chamber of the Friezes: large and worrying cracks. More generally, severe damages to the supporting wall structures: break and fall of bricks in correspondence of the windows. Break of the footbridges behind the crenellation of the towers. 
  • Chamber of the Initials: opening of cracks in the frescoed ceiling. 
  • Chamber of the Friezes: large and worrying cracks. More generally, severe damages to the supporting wall structures: break and fall of bricks in correspondence of the windows. Break of the footbridges behind the crenellation of the towers. 


NEW COURT 

  • Hall of Manto: fall of frescoed plasters, large cracks in the frescoes, dislocation of the coffered wooden ceiling (the largest in Mantua). 
  • Staircase of Aeneas (connection between the New Court and the Castle): severe dislocating cracks of the walls. 
  • Gallery of the Marbles (aka Gallery of the Months): severe falls of plaster and painted stuccoes. Collapse of a part of the moulding cornice. 
  • Gallery of the Exhibition: many cracks. The Gallery is also threatened by the unstable dome of the of near Bell-tower of the Basilica of Santa Barbara (Church of the Palace), which is likely to collapse, breaking through the ceiling. 
  • Nova Domus: a crack in the outer (supporting) wall in correspondence of one of two terraces overlooking the Garden of the Simples. 
  • Corridor of Bertani: unstable ceiling (somewhere collapsing). 
  • Corridor of Paolo Pozzo: collapse of a part of the marble balustrade on the roof of the passage.

 


PALATINE BASILICA OF SANTA BARBARA (Private Church of the Gonzagas).

  • Collapse of the lantern of the bell-tower (destroyed). Unstable dome of the bell-tower. Damage to the façade. An angular crack on one of the Cubes (square domes) of the Church. 


OLD COURT

  • Hall of the Rivers: widespread falls of frescoed plaster. 
  • Ducal Flat: tipping of a wall to the outside, with danger of collapse on the beneath Paccagnini Square; dislocation of the windows. 
  • Chamber of Pisanello: failure of one of the rafters.