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Borromeo Palace on Lake Maggiore masterpiece of italian Baroque

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Palazzo Borromeo uno scrigno Barocco sull’isola Bella
Borromeo Palace on Lake Maggiore masterpiece of italian Baroque
Palazzo Borromeo presents itself to the visitor as a precious treasure chest suspended over the water. This new volume describes the extraordinary historical and artistic heritage prese...



Until 1630, the Isola Bella was a rock inhabited by fishermen, with two small churches and some vegetable garden. Since the first twenty years of the 17th century the Borromeo family, owners of the Isola Madre since 1501, concentrates here their interests, starting the grand project that will lead to the palace and garden building. Works had continued without interruption throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Vitaliano IX Borromeo finally completes the vessel in 1948, with the construction of the new hall, the northern facade and the large pier. Palazzo Borromeo. Masterpiece of Italian baroque published by Mondadori Electa reveals history and beauty of this wonderful building and its terraced gardens. Texts - written by two well-known Italian art historians, Marco Carminati and Stefano Zuffi - match with images of interiors and collections. A history of more than four centuries lives among its stucco and marble halls, the Berthier Gallery with more than one hundred and thirty framed paintings, Flemish tapestries of gold and silk, ancient sculptures and armors. The volume makes room for the gardens architecture and the Grottoes, wanted by Vitaliano VI as a shelter from the summer heat and place of amusement. A section dedicated to illustrious guests and to few stories and curiosities about the island closes the book. Massimo Listri, renowned interior photographer, curated the photo campaign whose shots tell the beauty of the place bringing out its soul. Texts by Marco Carminati and Stefano Zuffi Photographs by Massimo Listri Published by Mondadori Electa Size 24,5 x 30,5 Pages 192