Events Abbots 2009



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A morning conference was held at the Teatro Sociale of Castiglione delle Stiviere on September 19, 2009:


The Abbots of Castiglione delle Stiviere.

Church and Power between the 16th and 18th Centuries”.


In the afternoon of the same day, the exhibit

“Fausto and Giuseppe Pastorio.

Portraits of two Abbots from Castiglione”


opened in the Sala dei paesaggi, the “Landscapes Room”, of the Palazzo Bondoni Pastorio.


The exhibit shows two large portraits of Fausto and Giuseppe Pastorio. Fausto (1556 – 1610) was the first Abbot of Castiglione, and worked closely with Prince Francesco Gonzaga. He had a key role in the beatification process of Luigi Gonzaga.

Giuseppe (1660/65 – 1743) was the last Abbot designated by the Gonzaga and kept his role for many years, even under the Austrian domain.

Some important unpublished documents are also displayed in the exhibit, together with some objects owned by the Pastorio Abbots: among them are a rare ceramic dish with the initials of Fausto with the pastoral staff, and the seal used by Giuseppe during his office.


The exhibit was closed on June 2010.

In collaboration with: Città di Castiglione delle Stiviere, Istituzione dei Servizi Culturali, Assessorato alla Cultura; Lions Club Castiglione d/S; Rotary International Castiglione d/S e Alto Mantovano; Associazione Amici di Palazzo Te e dei Musei Mantovani.

With the legal aid of Regione Lombardia e of Provincia di Mantova.









The Palazzo Pastorio            The Bondoni and Pastorio Families


The Abbots of Castiglione     Henry Dunant and the Red Cross  General Tellera


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