Private Dining Chamber

In this chamber, a space dedicated to taking private, family meals has been recreated, but from a time other than when the Ducal Palace was built.

Looking around it, ones attention is captured by the table and the chairs that are in the centre of the room and by the furniture – the cabinet and trunks – on top of which we can find porcelains, tin ware and enamelled items.

On the walls, there may be seen three paintings and one of the five Tapestries, from the Publius Decius Mus collection, which the Palace has in its possession.

Since the Medieval Ages, it was the custom to make the Living spaces more comfortable by decorating the walls with woollen cloths, Damasks, Tapestries or even with Leather Tapestries. In fact, in 1580, two Venetians (the Doge Nicòlo Tron and Alosius Lippoman, one of the ablest divines of his time), after visiting Lisbon, reported that the Portuguese had the custom of decorating the chambers ‘in such a way that the chambers look truly magnificent. They usually cover the chamber with wool cloths without nap in the winter; and in the summer of much elaborated golden leathers, which are produced in that city.’

The Tapestries present in the room belong to the Publius Decius Mus collection and their manufactured was based on ‘Cartoons’ by the Painter Peter Paul Rubens. In it, the story of the Roman Consul Publius Decius Mus, according to an extant description of the work, ‘Ab urbe condita’, by the Roman Historian Titus Livius, is documented. The Consuls Publius Decius Mus and Titus Manlius were in command of the Romans in the war against the Latins (340-338 BC), both having had a dream that foretold ‘that a General of one of the armies and the opposite armies would be sacrificed to the hells and the sacrifice of one of the Consuls was necessary for the defeat of the enemy. Carrying out an act of devotion, Decius Mus sent himself to death in the Vesuvius Battle’.