The Hall of Diana
The Hall of Diana lies at the heart of the Palace by the same name, where visitors once arrived after crossing the entrance yard and the court of honor.
This rectangular hall is richly decorated with stuccowork and vivid allegorical representations of the hunt, organized in three main decorative levels: on the vaulted ceiling Jean Miel painted frescoes of mythical gods, most notably Jupiter giving Diana dominion over the hunts. Immediately below are seven of the original twelve huge equestrian portraits of the Dukes of Savoy and their courtiers by various painters.
In the lower register are ten paintings by Jan Miel on the theme of the hunt (hunting the stag, the hare, the bear the fox, the wild boar; the death of the stag; the woods; the gathering before the hunt; the chase; the curea or curing after the kill).
In the 17th century, sumptuous receptions and balls were organized in the Hall of Diana, which lies at the crossroads of Castellamonte’s perspective view that starts from the old town center to the east and continues across the hall and 1,5 km to the west into the Gardens. It also marks the middle point of the line that runs from the start of Via Maestra in the old town center of Venaria to the end of the Central Alley in the Gardens, where the Temple of Diana once stood.