Italian Soldiers in 14th Century Frescoes at
Castello di Sabbionara d’Avio, Sala delle guardie
Sabbionara Castle at Avio, Guard House
Trentino, North-Eastern Italy

Painted around 1340, these illustrate the almost perpetual state of conflict between the Ghibeline, or pro-Holy Roman Empire, family of Castelbarco who held Sabbionara and the Guelph, or pro-Papacy, forces of the neighbouring Bishop of Trento. They provide some of the best pictures of 14th century north Italian infantry. (D.Nicolle, G.A.Embleton - Italian Medieval Armies 1300-1500)
Left Wall
Click for the upper register

The left and centre of the middle register The far right of the middle register
Picture source: Jeanart


Back Wall
The left of the upper register The centre The right of the upper register

The left of the middle register The right of the middle register
Picture source: visitfai.it


Right Wall
The left of the upper register The right of the upper register

The right of the middle register
Picture source: p19, Caballerias by Lillian von der Walde & Mariel Reinoso


Front Wall
The left of the upper register The right of the upper register

The left of the middle register The centre of the middle register
Picture source: Jeanart

For details of items of costume see: Ferdinando Gonzaga's flickr

A virtual tour of Sabbionara Castle guard room. Click on 'Prima Stanza Guardie' when it appears. As the first room rotates, click on 'Seconda Stanza Guardie'.



Paintings of Italian Soldiers of the early 14th Century
Illustrations of Italian Costume & Soldiers