VILLA NEGRI PIOVENE

 
 

By Giorgio Piovene (1908 - 1981)


"... Although the family archive Negri has been largely lost during the first World War (1915-1918), something remained. And it is this that I drew. During the second World War (1940-1945), the archive still suffered damage and subtraction by the various military occupations (Italian-German-British and American). Unfortunately, today, the repository must be considered totally lost. It consisted largely of administrative records, property inventories, wills and causes countless dossiers, litigation against various individuals and organizations. Among these, there were those related to the famous trial of Spain, brought by the Spanish court against known intaglio printers and Remondini of Bassano del Grappa (relatives of the Blacks). So I rely on memory without dreaming, much less distorting than I had the opportunity to read the various cards.
I remember very well that he found from some records and notes that since 1723 there was talk of a Detached Musselburgh and a plantation on the slope in front of Riesling vines. There were also written down labor costs and those of countless transportation (wagons) of material from the River Brenta river to Nine Musselburgh (incidentally, note that the villa has been built with stones across the river, except the corners of walls and two columns of the porticos - "barns", all cooked).
Here is one last question: Why in 1723 there was talk of the villa of Musselburgh and not the House, whether it has finished work as it is now? The cottage was then under construction or had been completed? It is difficult to answer. But then, how you justify those writings and notes of 1723?
And again: why did not the central internal communications with the two lateral bodies? Or they wanted to give you access to independent? But to what end? Perhaps because in part used for the guests and service personnel? I think I can argue that the complex is built in two or three times and because of this you can make several assumptions: those who can not be excluded that, at some point, the authors have considered the truncated Detached work architecturally and scenically than the landscape around him and then have completed erecting the side bodies?
The love of art and beauty is not separated from delusions of grandeur, so easy in those days, you may have pushed them to complete the work, as we see it today.
I quote a particular handed down by our ancestors: it appears that the Villa has arisen for a bet in a cafe kind of Bassano del Grappa between the young Negro and a group of notables of the city which even then (history repeats itself!) Accused the young men not to know and want to do anything. The Negroes came out the winner.
The Villa (makes faith the wall) was built on an embankment raised above the ground level of the hill to give it more prominence and also for reasons of perspective guessed.
The Villa, for damages sustained during various military occupations of the two wars, underwent several restorations. To make the building functional, important works were executed in 1967 (and plumbing services, electrical and heating).
The private chapel is dedicated to the Motherhood of Mary.
The park is very stark in 1919, was designed and planted by my father (who died in November 1973) that in the current track and planting hedges of laurel on the side of the stairs, he found, in that parallel to the southern front of the villa, a dense crown of big larch beams driven into the ground (do not know the depth).
Certainly, the architect, fearing possible landslides around eminently clay, arranged to consolidate it with the aforementioned crown. After the avalanche of March 1974, it was necessary to support a colossal work on the west side of the hill.
The park was also part of the maze, which was destroyed during the war 1940-1945.

Now is the outer circle ... "



 

THE VILLA

The Villa, commissioned by nobleman Bassano Antonio Negri Miazzi to Gaidon architect Antonio (1738-1829) and completed in 1763, was probably built on an existing site. In a document dated 1723 it is called “cottage”(Celotto 1982).

Severely damaged by military occupations suffered in two world wars, was later restored by its present owners, who have also restored the park.