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streaming > Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta (Film Screening & Discussion)

Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta—Four Centuries of History, a Journey through Time between Art Delights and Water Games, directed by Francesco Vitali and written in collaboration with Claudia Botta, is based on the book Milano profana nell’età dei Borromeo (Secular Milan in the Borromean Age) by Alessandro Morandotti, and produced by Francesco Vitali, Municipality of Lainate, Friends of Villa Litta Association, and Roadmovie.

The film richly illustrates the history of one of the most famous and lavish Italian pleasure villas, located in the town of Lainate in Lombardy, not far from Milan. Using onsite documentation, costumed reenactments, interviews with prominent curators and historians, architectural models, and computer graphics, Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta portrays centuries of Italian art and architectural history in terms of stylistic expression. The film also explores the social, familial, and political milieux—not least of which is the chronicle of Pirro I Visconti Borromeo, count of Brebbia, the creator of this place of art and delights, a romantic, a patron, and a sophisticated man of culture in Milan during the late sixteenth century. The villa’s wonders are many—its famous Nymphaeum, greenhouses, palaces, sculptures, frescoes, fountains, and water features among them.


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Registration Not Required (available May 5th)


Streaming available May 5 – 11, 2021 on the website of the National Gallery of Art


Accompanying the film is the presentation “The Mellon Venus and Bacchus and a Faun: Tracing the Origins”. In this video, National Gallery conservator Shelley Sturman, curator Alison Luchs and film director Francesco Vitali discuss the fascinating links between the National Gallery in Washington and this sumptuous villa near Milan, a connection discovered during a search for the origins of the two grand bronzes of Venus and Bacchus and a Faun. These sculptures were part of the original collection donated by Andrew W. Mellon to the National Gallery in 1937. As time passed, their attribution to the Florentine-Venetian sculptor Jacopo Sansovino (1486–1570) came increasingly into question. Scientific examination of the bronzes, including gamma and x-radiography and metal analysis, led to new revelations about the techniques of their production. Art-historical research by Italian colleagues Giancarlo Gentilini, Alessandro Morandotti, and the late Anthony Radcliffe traced the bronzes to a 1658 inventory of the Villa Lainate (Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta), recently restored to near original glory. The amazing story of the Villa, and the place of the National Gallery sculptures therein, inspired Francesco Vitali’s film. 



Data: Da Mer 5 Mag 2021 a Mer 12 Mag 2021

Organizzato da : National Gallery of Art, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero