Giulio Romano, Fall of the Giants (fresco in the Sala dei Giganti in the Palazzo del Tè, Mantua, Italy), 1530-32
Romano continued his witty play on the classics in the decoration of rooms in the Palazzo del Te. One depicts the loves of the gods, depicted in the marriage of Cupid and Psyche. he other room, Sala dei Giganti, is a remarkable feat of trompe l'oeil painting in which the entire room seems to be collapsing about the viewer as the gods defeat giants. Romano accepts the challenge Mantegna laid down in the Camera Picta of the Gongoza palace. Fall of the Giants displays distraction, amusement and enchantment to the viewer (Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, Volume Two. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2008, 680).