Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta: Documentary Presentation and Early Music Concert at the Italian Embassy of Italy

Mar 22, 2019 386

During the 15th century, Italian villas witnessed an incredible transformation, going from fortified country houses to places of entertainment and leisure, and in the process, experiencing deep remodeling during this transition. Used to entertain guests and as a retreat from the noise and confusion of the streets and piazzas, these villas often featured gardens emulating those of ancient Rome, adorned with an array of statuary.

One exquisite example of such villas is Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta in Lainate (Milan, Italy). Designed and built by Pirro I Visconti Borromeo between 1585 and 1589, Villa Litta comes back to life today thanks to the documentary produced by Francesco Vitali, the Association of Friends of Villa Litta of Lainate ONLUS and the Municipality of Lainate, in collaboration with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum of Milan, the Louvre Museum of Paris, the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and the National Gallery of Arts in Washington DC.

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