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image:RomaPalMatteiDiGioveCortile.jpg, upThe courtyard of the Palazzo Mattei di Giove. The Palazzo Mattei di Giove is the most prominent among a group of House of Mattei, Mattei houses that forms the ''insula Mattei'' in Rome, Italy, a block of buildings of many epochs. To distinguish this section from the others it carries the name of a Mattei fief, Giove (Italy), 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''.


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Carlo Maderno designed the palace at the beginning of the 17th century for Asdrubale Mattei, ''Giove (Italy), Marquis di Giove'' and father of Girolamo Mattei, Duca di Giove, 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 fa├žade, the piano nobile loggia in the courtyard and the rooftop loggia or ''altana''.L. Guerrini (ed.), ''Palazzo Mattei di Giove.''( Le antichit├á, Rome), 1982; G. Panofsky-Soergel, "Zur Geschichte des Palazzo Mattei di Giove", ''Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte'', 11 (1967-68:111-88). 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.


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