The Panteghini House
THE PANTEGHINI HOUSE
Despite the changes, this building, which dates back to the fifteenth century, has preserved the façade and some interesting original parts on the ground floor.
The lunette above the portal contained the fresco, which is now preserved in the library. It depicts a Madonna with the child and angels, seated on a throne in a complex architecture style, and near her, on both the sides, there are two kneeling saints: Saints Rocco and Jerome.
Inside an opening, that has a slightly lancet arch shape, has been created a window by a mixtilinear profile, typical of late Gothic style. The arch is inserted in a painted frame and surrounded by a flakes motif; the inner frame has also traces of decoration. The elegance of the style and the decoration proves not only the richness of the dwelling, but also the reference to patterns gathered outside these premises. A flake decoration, similar to that which surrounds this window, is visible around the portal that leads you to the courtyard of a Renaissance palace, at number 10 of Via Fontana (Fontana’s Street).
The small window
A small window, placed at the left of the portal, bears engraved on the beam the symbol of Saint Bernard of Siena and the date 1483.
A great lobby covered with a barrel vault leads to the back of the house. On the right, a vaulted room leads to the cellars and the staircase that takes you upstairs. Four semicircular steps lead you to the flight. At the corner, a small pillar gathers the arches of the vault: it has smoothed corners, with a moulded base and capital. A series of portals lead to the cellars; the one next to the staircase that have a hanger shape, presents an accurate work and bears engraved on the beam a six-pointed star and a cross. A small cross is placed on the lateral portal, which despite the changes and the painting, retains the original shape. The lobby has a cobblestone paving divided into sectors by stringcourses of long and narrow stones, which draw an orthogonal grid. A planivolumetric organization, the articulated system of vaults and the functional distribution of the spaces, witness such a planning attention that, with the simple but accurate manufacturing of the architectural elements, confirm the qualifying level of the old residence.