door leading to the room now used as Press Room, a small
tempera painting on the wall, based on the drawing by
Francesco Azzurri, depicts the Republicís liberation from
occupation by Cardinal Giulio Alberoni, Papal Legate to
Romagna, on 5 February 1740, day of St. Agata, who, since
then, has become joint patron saint of the Republic.
In this painting, known as ďAlberoniís
tabletĒ, Cardinal Alberoni is depicted as a huge
threatening tree. Saint Agata, represented as a star, hits
the tree with a ray of light, thus drying it and breaking
the branch from which Cardinal Alberoniís hat is hanging.
tempera painting represents both the failure of the attack
to the Republic and the end of Cardinal Alberoniís
brilliant career. Indeed, during the conclave in 1740 he
was not elected pope as he hoped.
work, as demonstrated by the inscription underneath, is
dedicated to all those who actively interceded with the
Roman Curia to restore San Marino independence.
Near the tablet is a marble bust of Pope
Clemente XII who, on that occasion, did his utmost to
help San Marino people regain peace and lost freedom.