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CHRISTOFORO SORTE<br/> AND THE MANNERIST GARDEN:<br/> VILLA DELLA TORRE, TIVOLI AND BOMARZO
01 March 2018

CHRISTOFORO SORTE
AND THE MANNERIST GARDEN:
VILLA DELLA TORRE, TIVOLI AND BOMARZO

The in-depth study of the Della Torre family and the 16th century “Domus Antiqua” in Fumane continues. The beautiful volume of studies and reflections edited by Pierpaolo Brugnoli published in 2013, has now been followed by further research, bringing together the information and minutes that emerged during the Villa Della Torre Studies Day held in May 2016 and supported by the ‘Centro di Documentazione per la Storia della Valpolicella’ (Documentation Centre for the History of Valpolicella), the University of Verona and Villa Della Torre Allegrini. In this fertile ground of up-to-date research, the figure of Cristoforo Sorte stands out: via documentation and other compelling evidence, Giulio Zavatta suggests that some elements of Villa Della Torre’s garden, in particular the cave and the so-called bucintoro – the upper nymphaeum – could well be attributed to the illustrious cartogropher. With close ties to the owners of the Villa, Sorte took care of all the water issues in the Fumane area; moreover it is possible to detect notable similarities in form between the bucintoro and the nymphaeum of villa Porto Colleoni in Thiene, a work that has been attributed to Sorte due to the existence of payment certificates. To reinforce this association, Sorte also seems to have supported the Aristotelian theory of the origin of the rivers, which could have an explicit and plastic manifestation in the two nymphs of Thiene and Fumane. Some symbolic aspects, such as the recurring figure of Jupiter Ammon, allows a connection to be made between the bucintoro and a broader context, both geographical and cultural: there are, in fact, possibly non-accidental references to be found in contemporary literature and especially in the important gardens of Central Italy such as those of Villa d’Este in Tivoli and the Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo.

Programme
6 pm Optional tour of the Villa’s chapel, designed by Michele Sanmicheli, recently restored.
6.15 pm The Devil’s Lounge, 16th century
Keynote Lecture by Giulio Zavatta introduced by Giancarlo Mastella, Pierpaolo Brugnoli and Alessandra Zamperini
7.15 pm The Fish or Sea Monster Lounge, 16th century
Small Buffet accompanied by Allegrini wines

On sale: books on Villa Della Torre

ENTRY IS FREE SUBJECT TO PRIOR RESERVATION
NB. Tour and lectures are in Italian only.
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