Palazzo Schifanoia is home to the most prestigious Renaissance masterpieces in Ferrara.
Visitors will have the opportunity to admire the fine details of the frescoes of the so-called Room of the Months, that depict scenes from the court of the duke including ladies and knights, jesters and farmers, clothes, hairstyles, jewels, musical instruments, donkeys, horses and even mythical creatures, such as unicorns, monkeys, swans and plenty of further mythological figures.
The decoration of the room was carried out around the half of the fifteenth century by the great artists of the so-called Officina Ferrarese, such as Cosmè Tura, Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de' Roberti, and celebrates the enlightened reign of Borso d'Este, the first Duke of Ferrara. Their overwhelming "imaginative style" is able to confuse the standard Tuscan-Roman idea of the Renaissance. Painted pilasters encircle the sectors, each of them corresponding to a month. Each sector is in turn subdivided into three horizontal parts: The upper part depicts pagan gods while the lower one represents scenes from the everyday life of both common people and the court. The central sector bears the symbols of the western zodiac and the decans of the Egyptian zodiac.