Castello della Manta
Elisabetta De Rege Provana's donation- 1984
The Castle is closed from 24 November 2014 to March 2015
From Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm from March to September 10am-5pm October, November and the second half of February
Last entry 45 minutes before closing time We are open every public-holiday Monday.
The Castle Church can be visited at the same times (on the same days) as the Castle.
A charming castle that conceals a jewel
The artist behind them is the anonymous “painter of Manta”; the themes are the “Fountain of Youth” and the “Male and Female Worthies”; the period is the third decade of the 15th century. In the Baronial Hall of Castello della Manta – a mysterious and fascinating fortress located on the hillsides of the province of Cuneo – there is a valuable cycle of frescos that represents a rare example of northern-Italian, late-Gothic secular painting. The depictions of the “Fountain of Youth” immortalise the ancient dream of eternal youth, whereas the “Male and Female Worthies” presumably refer to the leading lights of the House of Saluzzo.
From medieval castle to aristocratic palazzo
Facing the Monviso mountain cluster, Castello della Manta as it appears today is the result of numerous additions to the original 12th century fortress. It was in the early 15th century that the Castle began to take on its current form: thanks to the works commissioned by the
noble Saluzzo della Manta family, the complex was gradually transformed from a medieval Castle into an aristocratic Palazzo. Internally, the Castle plays host to a series of prestigious rooms: alongside the Baronial Hall, there is also the so-called “Hall of Grotesques”, which is part of the reception apartment commissioned by Michelantonio in the mid-16th century and is an important example of mannerist culture.
The artistic echo of the frescos of the Castle’s Church
Particularly noteworthy are the frescos that adorn two rooms in the Church of Santa Maria, which are the two most significant pictorial decorations in the entire Castle. The apse includes an important cycle of frescos depicting Episodes from the life of Christ, which date from
the same decades in which the paintings in the Baronial Hall were completed. The funereal chapel of Michelantonio has the same rich, mannerist decoration of stuccos and frescos as is found in the Michelantonio apartment, and was probably created by the same artists.