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Palazzo Mirto House Museum

The interior is beautifully decorated. A perfect example of the residences of the Palermo aristocracy, the palace houses furnishings ranging from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Numerous monumental Murano glass chandeliers, lacquered panels with golden motifs from China, clocks, porcelain, and tapestries. As in many contemporary residences, there is a Chinese style smoking room with a leather floor, presumably built in the second half of the XNUMXth century. The representative rooms are organized around a terrace, furnished by a nymphaeum rockery and decorated by a trompe-l'œil of a garden.

The palace also preserves several musical instruments of great value such as a cylinder organ, a Viennese piano from 1820 and two other pianos[3].

Ground floor[edit | edit wikitext]

  • Coach sheds.
  • Horsewoman.

First floor (noble floor)[edit | edit wikitext]

  • Staircase of honor. Monumental artifact in red marble[1].
  • Vestibule.
  • Entrance hall. Times with mythological themed frescoes Diana and Callisto.
  • Novelli room. The environment takes its name from the self-portrait of the painter Pietro Novelli. On the ceiling a painting depicting ErosAnteros.
  • Sala del Salvator Rosa. The environment is frescoed with episodes taken from the Orlando Furios by Ludovico Ariosto. Paintings attributed to Salvatore Rosa are documented.
  • Theater room. Primitive palace chapel, then a think tank.
  • Hall of finds. The environment houses a collection of archaeological finds.
  • Pink lounge. In the room there is a painting depicting a Battle scene, the work of Jan Bruegel. Another painting reproduces a scene from the Battle of Cialdiran.
  • Yellow and green lounge. In the vault of the room there is a canvas depicting theAllegory of Immortality.
  • Chinese lounge. Room decorated with silks and paintings with oriental-inspired subjects and themes.
  • Portal room.
  • Yellow lounge. In the vault of the room there is a canvas depicting theAllegory of Time. Painting depicting Cupid making the bowof Parmigianino.
  • smokehouseSalottino del Fumoo Small lounge in Cordoba leather.
  • BoudoirSitting room of the Ladies.
  • Hall of the Tapestries. Painted decorations by Giuseppe Velascora depicting the myth of Love and Psyche taken fromGolden donkey of Apuleius. The room contains a collection of silk tapestries with mythological subjects Venus and AdonisJupiter and IoHercules and OnfalePerseus and Andromeda.
  • Hall of the BaldacchinoRepresentative hall. Room decorated by Elia Interguglielmi in 1795, illustrating the Glory of the Virtuous Prince, around allegorical figures of Seasons  Eternal glory and scenes from Labors of HerculesOverlap with allegorical figures[4]. The four cardinal virtues are depicted: the Caution  Fortezza  Justice and Temperance. The BeneTrue and Beautiful acquired through the Justice  Philosophy  Theology and Poetry with the three corresponding faculties of the soul: theEthics  noetic and l 'Aesthetics. These virtues are pursued in Time, represented by Night and l 'Alba, to achieve the Peace  Prosperity,Abundance and l 'Love. The latter sentiment is depicted as a cloaked young woman holding a branch of myrtle in her right hand, a plant sacred to Aphrodite, the identifying symbol of the family and propitiatory for the home of the young couple, a metaphor for chaste love. By the same artist:
    • Diana and Endymion, fresco made in the study[5].
    • Surplus, works created with the collaboration of Francescoe Gioacchino Navarra, in the first antechamber[5].
    • Landscapeswith classical architecture theme, works created with the collaboration of Francesco and Gioacchino Navarra, in the second antechamber[5].
  • Pompadour lounge. In the vault of the room there is a painting depicting theAllegory of the Arts.
  • Studio. Room decorated with tempera depicting scenes of tragic loves taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses and from the Stories of Hyginus: Judgment of Paris ed Elena and ParisPan and SyringeAeneas and DidoApollo and DaphneMinerva e Venus. In the center of the ceiling they are depicted Aurora and Cephalus, in the plumes the four cardinal virtues: JusticeFortezzaTemperanceCaution. In the circles the four infernal rivers: StyxCocytusAcheronLethe.
  • Sitting room Diana. Environment with secret passage. Rounds with allegories of the arts: LyricMusicSculpturePainting.
  • Lunchroom. Environment characterized by the depictions of noble coats of arms.
  • Baroque fountain with lateral aviaries. Built on a hanging courtyard.

Second floor[edit | edit wikitext]

  • Entrance hall.
  • Spagnoletto lounge. The environment contains the painting depicting Sant'Onofrio, the work of Jusepe de Riberadetto lo Spagnoletto.
  • Green living room. The room contains two nude paintings, works by Giuseppe Velasco.
  • Hall of cannons.
  • Hall of anthropomorphic lamps.
  • Lunchroom. Room with wooden ceiling.
  • Company room.
  • Bedroom.
  • Snuffbox room.
  • Altar room.
  • Biblioteche. The premises contain ancient and rare volumes from different eras, collections of art objects.
  • Rooms intended for family cadets and servants, now used as offices and archives for the administration of the museum.


(Text source: wikipedia)

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