The lunettes

Reconstruction of the lunettes


The epigraph in the central Lynette refers to Ludovico Sforza and Beatrice d'Est, the duke and duchess of Milan.
The inscription reads, "LV[dovicus]MA[ria]BE[attic]EST[entire]SF[Ortiz]AN[glide]DVX[Mediolani."
The letters, now white, stand out from the red background of the preparation, but they must have been in gold on a bright blue background, to judge from the few remaining traces of blue.

In the three minor lunettes, the festoons include clusters of prunes, apricots, apples, pears, dates, oaks, and Scotch pine, variously arranged but repeated identically.
The central Lynette is embellished with other varieties of fruit, including blackberries, olives, and large quinces.



Coat of arms of the Sforza family with falcons and serpents  (Sala delle Asse)