THE ROOM OF PEACE AND WAR
We are in the Room of Peace and War and Giani addresses these issues with depictions of specific models for Milzetti and his generation to follow. This room is a great metaphor of their time, the Neoclassical period.
At the center of the vault is the young Carthaginian general Hannibal, appreciated for his courage and political intelligence. Why Hannibal? Because the Count wants to be remembered precisely for these same qualities.
Giani combines Hannibal with two scenes from other eras: the allegories of Peace and War driving chariots.
The war scene depicts the consul Marcellus, defender of the republic, defined by the Roman historian Titus Livius as “the sword of Rome”. Could the Count have been Napoleon’s sword?
The woman on the chariot is the Pax Augusta, it evokes the period of peace, balance and development that characterize the time of Octavian Augustus.
For the pro-French the new emperor Napoleon only can put an end to too many wars and restore peace on European territory.