Villa Della Torre Allegrini, a book to tell its history

Villa Della Torre Allegrini, a book to tell its history
20 February 2014

Villa Della Torre represents a unique example amongst the Venetian villas: built on the basis of the Vitruvian model of the Roman domus, it was the focal point of a complex network of intellectuals and artists. Before the condemnations that took place with the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation, the Della Torre family promoted a new approach to religion, spirituality and in general to the relationship between nature and culture, elements which are all represented in the villa, from its overall design through to its decorative details.
Saturday, February 22, in the splendid environment of Villa della Torre in the Valpolicella, the presentation of the book “La Villa in a book”: entrusted to the editorial skills of Pierpaolo Brugnoli, author of numerous studies on the history of Veronese art and architecture, with introductions by Loredana Olivato, professor of the art and architecture of 16th century in Veneto, and Adriano Prosperi, a major expert in the political-religious movements and culture of 16th century in Italy, the volume is composed of several essays and a section on the agricultural context and gastronomic culture of villa Della Torre during its heyday.
The recent acquisition of villa Della Torre by the Allegrini family, its restoration and re-opening to visitors, became the perfect opportunity for a renewed appraisal of the entire complex. What emerges is the solid, evidence-based reattribution of the villa’s design to Giulio Romano, assisted by artists who collaborated with him, such as Antonio Scultori, who is now cast as author of the famous ‘monster’ fireplaces that adorn the large reception rooms. It was probably also by way of Giulio Romano that Michele Sanmicheli was commissioned to design the chapel with a view to completing the ‘spiritual itinerary’ that was so fervently desired by the Della Torre family.
The event is open to the general public.