Charles J. Burns of the Newport Restoration Foundation will give an illustrated talk on the nine important portraits by Belle Epoque artist Giovanni Boldini of prominent ladies with ties to Newport, exploring their lives and connections to the artist.
From the delicate ornament of the Villa Tenuta Beronni to the surreal atmosphere of the Villa Garzoni, where Carlo Goldoni wrote Pinocchio, this lecture celebrates the whimsical world of the villa from the 18th through the 19th centuries. Imagination and escapism inspired the design and use of villas at a time when Italy was in economic and political decline. The result is a rich legacy of architecture filled with both fantasy and fatalism.
Isola Bella, set on an island in Lake Maggiore, and the Villa d’Este in the hills of Tivoli encapsulate the bravura of the Baroque period. Richly ornamented and theatrically composed, these ideal combinations of architecture and natural setting illustrate the showmanship of Italian villa design in the 1600s.
Andrea Palladio is one of the great masters of Renaissance architecture. The Villas Poiana, Pisani, Emo and Badoer will be featured as the culmination of Palladio’s genius. These buildings in the region of Venice and Vicenza perfected classical forms and ornament. His designs, published in The Four Books of Architecture (c. 1570), spread his style across the globe.
Power brokers of the Renaissance, the Medici family of Florence created numerous villas in the Tuscan countryside. These buildings revived the glories of the classical world and served as gathering for the great minds of the age. This lecture will focus on the twelve Medici villa immortalized in a cycle of paintings (c. 1600) by Giusto Utens. From the intimate house in Fiesole to the grand palace at Pratolino, each building is a time capsule of a lost age.