Palazzo Mattei di Giove
The courtyard of the Palazzo Mattei di Giove.
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General information
LocationRome, Italy
Coordinates41°53′39″N 12°28′42″E / 41.89403°N 12.47822°E / 41.89403; 12.47822Coordinates: 41°53′39″N 12°28′42″E / 41.89403°N 12.47822°E / 41.89403; 12.47822

The Palazzo Mattei di Giove is the most prominent among a group of Mattei houses that forms the insula Mattei in Rome, Italy, a block of buildings of many epochs.[1]


To distinguish this section from the others it carries the name of a Mattei fief, Giove. The Mattei owned a number of other palazzi that carried the family name including Palazzo Mattei di Trastevere across the Tiber as well as properties in Umbria, the Palazzo Mattei Paganica.[2]


Carlo Maderno designed the palace[3] at the beginning of the 17th century for Asdrubale Mattei, Marquis di Giove and father of Girolamo Mattei and Luigi Mattei. He was also the brother of Ciriaco Mattei and Cardinal Girolamo Mattei. It was Maderno who was responsible for the extravagantly enriched cornice on the otherwise rather plain stuccoed public façade, the piano nobile loggia in the courtyard and the rooftop loggia or altana.[4]

For the interior of the palazzo, Pietro da Cortona was commissioned to execute the pair of compositions on the ceiling of the gallery, dating before 1626. In the early 19th century, a group of paintings from the collection at the palazzo was purchased by William Hamilton Nisbet and removed to Scotland.

Like others of the Mattei family, Asdrubale Mattei was an enthusiastic patron of the arts. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (better known simply as Caravaggio) is recorded as living at the palazzo in 1601.


  1. ^ Claudio Varagnoli, "Eredità cinquecentesca e apertura al nuovo nella costruzione di palazzo Mattei di Giove a Roma", Annali di Architettura: rivista del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura "Andrea Palladio", nos. 10-11, (1998‑99).
  2. ^ Roberto Piperno, "Palazzo Mattei"
  3. ^ Howard Hibbard, Carlo Maderno and Roman Architecture, 1580-1630, 1971.
  4. ^ L. Guerrini (ed.), Palazzo Mattei di Giove.( Le antichità, Rome), 1982; G. Panofsky-Soergel, "Zur Geschichte des Palazzo Mattei di Giove", Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte, 11 (1967-68:111-88).

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Preceded by
Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne
Landmarks of Rome
Palazzo Mattei
Succeeded by
Quirinal Palace