Spread of the Official style
A “Famous man” and his artistic and intellectual patronage.
The dominant role of the ruler found expression not only in his authority but also in the Official style, seen as a symbol of loyalty to the ruler by the wealthy and by the nobility. There are three European styles: that of the Pope, that of the French king and also that of the so-called “art of pragmatic sanction”, which spread throughout the Habsburg countries. The migration of artists and craftsmen, as well as diplomatic relationships, contributed to the modifications and quality of a diversity of motifs in many different ways, depending on the local situation.
Villa Sora, fresco decoration of the main hall

First decade of the 17th century
Frascati, Rome, Italy
School of Giuseppe Cesari (1568, Arpino, Frosinone – 1640, Rome) known as Cavalier d'Arpino
The villa represents a prototype of the profane, celebrative decoration in which emphasis is on the moral content befitting of a noble family, and also pays homage to the absolutist rule of the dominium. This concept became an important aspect in all European residences.