In Cavernago, on the outskirts of Bergamo, stands Malpaga Castle, one of the most important manors in Lombardy, residence, and fiefdom of the leader from Bergamo Bartolomeo Colleoni The primitive fortress was built in the 14th century, later abandoned, and given to the Municipality of Bergamo. In 1456 the Senate of the Venice Republic allowed the new Captain General of the Republic of Venice, Bartolomeo Colleoni, to choose a castle on the border with the Duchy of Milan as his residence, in defense of the Republic. Colleoni preferred to buy the castle of Malpaga, and from a defensive fortress he turned it into a truly elegant court, calling on important Italian and French workers to decorate it with valuable frescoes and hosting the great personalities of the time in the castle, including Borso d’Este and the King Christian I of Denmark. Upon his death, the castle was inherited by his grandchildren: Malpaga remained in the possession of the Martinengo – Colleoni Family until 1885; in that year the building was purchased by the Roncalli Counts and in 1924 it became the property of the Crespi family. Since 1982 it has been owned by Malpaga S.p.A.
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SALON: CYCLE OF FRESCOES – VISIT OF KING CHRISTIAN I OF DENMARK – 1540/1545
In the hall of honour, Romanino painted the visit of King Christian I of Denmark, representing different scenes of the visit.
PORCH: THE BATTLE OF RICCADINA – 1540/1545
The fresco on the courtyard wall is also attributed to Romanino. This fresco illustrates the battle of Riccardina or Molinella, a glorious enterprise fought by the leader from Bergamo.