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date: 13 October 2019

Stra, Villa Nazionale Già Pisanilocked

  • Margherita Azzi Visentini


Palace and estate at Stra, near Padua, overlooking the Brenta Canal, formerly owned by the noble Venetian Pisani family. Around 1718 Almorò Pisani and his brother Alvise Pisani (Doge of Venice, 1735) commissioned the Paduan Count Girolamo Frigimelica (1653–1732) to redesign their modest family residence at Stra. Work began in 1720 with modifications to the garden, which was adorned with 12 sculptural groups by Giovanni Bonazza; these represented mythological divinities and allegorical figures. The Villa is divided in two parts by the straight central axis that leads from the entrance portal through the centre of the Palazzo to the end of the garden, where it halts at the elegant stables with their projecting Ionic porch between curved outer wings. In the middle was a large lawn (here in the early 20th century a long pool was excavated). At the sides of this area were several oblique paths leading to various outbuildings designed by Frigimelica—the belvedere, the exedra that linked the long avenues of limes, and the maze with its turret at the centre. Part of this was recorded in the drawings of ...

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