In 1910 Giuseppe Visconti turned his family’s ruined castle in Emilia-Romagna into a hothouse of Arts and Crafts activity – and he tackled the reconstruction very much in the style of a Renaissance Prince. He would employ artisans who lived in a Medieval Revival village he built-in the shadow of the fortress. In more ways than one, Marie-France Boyer is reminded of The Leopard…
In one of the bedrooms an upholstered 20th century wing back chair sits next to a fireplace mantle with a giltand mirror hanging above.
Netherlands circa 1850 large Flemish giltand painted antique frame with original glass mirror (AS149)
France circa 1900 black wooden table (AY133)
England circa 1880 railway or library table with brass rails (AO108)
Grazzano reminds you of a child’s love drawing of a monumental castle – square and with a tower at each corner. Bit on the other side of its pointed – arched doorway, the highly sophisticated courtyard might just as easily serve as the backdrop to a quattrocento Madonna. Giusppe inherited a one of a kind ruin. But he had passion for craftsmanship and, in a pure Arts and Crafts – style reaction to rampant industrialization, subscribed to the fashion for reviewing past skills. So around the main building, he built a whole Medieval village in which he housed around a hundred families with wrought iron craftsman and joiners in the main who he required to wear period style clothing. A castle rebuilt with true Renaissance tradition.
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