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Palazzo Scotti (1567-8)

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This palace is completely undocumented.  However, it seems that:

  1. it was built for Cardinal Giovanni Bernardino Scotti (died 1568), whose arms are frescoed on the ceiling of a room on the ground floor; and

  2. it can be attributed on stylistic grounds to Ippolito Scalza, who wrote to his employers, the Opera del Duomo of Orvieto, in February 1567, requesting leave of absence to travel from Narni to collect an outstanding payment.  If the attribution is correct, this is the earliest palace that he designed.

Another coat of arms near the stairs on the second floor, which originally belonged to Cardinal Scotti, was later over-painted by the arms of the Scosta family.

The palace is five bays wide: the two bays to the right of the portal, which are one storey higher than the others, were adapted from a much older tower house.

The portal leads into the inner courtyard, with a handsome double loggia along the lower three bays of the entrance wall.

A door on the upper floor of the loggia leads to the piano nobile.  Part of it is decorated with frescoes (1581) that are attributed to Federico Zuccari, which were apparently dated by inscription. 

The palace has been adapted as residential apartments.

Read more:

M. Cambareri and A Roca de Amicis, “Ippolito Scalza (1532-1617)”, (2002) Perugia, pp 157-60

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