May 31, 2023

Villas of the Venetian World – History and Renovation of the Villa Giovanelli di Noventa

Villas of the Venetian World – History and Renovation of the Villa Giovanelli di Noventa

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

11:00am – 12:30pm – EDT

Via Zoom

Free with RSVP for ICAA Members

Join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and for a virtual tour of Villa Giovanelli di Noventa (1690), which represents one of the most beautiful and distinctive examples of a 17th-century “Villa Veneta”. Our presenters, Claudio Menichelli, Paolo Pagnin, Gianni Breda and Renzo Tagliaro will talk about the wealthy Giovanelli family, which wanted to celebrate its rise to Venetian patrician status with the construction of the mansion in Noventa, about Antonio Gaspari, who was the architect behind the building, as well as about the early 18th-century additions and the architectural features of the villa and its rich decorative cycle. Finally, space will be given to the story of the recent restoration: a complex operation, in search of a difficult balance between the dominant instances of conservation and the needs of contemporary use. This will be followed by the opportunity for live virtual discussion with the presenters at the Villa.

Paolo Pagnin Bio:
Paolo Pagnin has dedicated his life to the restoration and conservation of historic Italy as owner and director of Lithos s.r.l. During his extensive career he has been involved in many restoration projects including the Arena of Verona in 2022, the Church of Gesuiti in 2020, the Church of St. Croce in 2019, the Rialto Bridge in 2017, and the Basilica Sant’ Andrea in 2015. He has also been involved in the restoration of various frescoes and mosaics. Pagnin has also dedicated time to teaching.

Claudio Menichelli Bio:
Born in Rome, Claudio Menichelli has dedicated himself to the history of architecture and restoring notable works. He currently works as a freelancer and is engaged in the study and research of cultural heritage. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in numerous projects including the restoration of Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica of San Marco, Palazzo Grimani, Maddalena Church, and San Fantin Church. Menichelli has also dedicated himself to teaching and has authored over 90 scientific publications on restoration, architecture history, and the protection of cultural heritage.

Gianni Breda Bio:
Gianni Breda graduated in Civil Engineer from the University of Padua in 1992 and he has spent his career as a freelancer and as a partner in a design studio. He has dedicated much of his professional career to the restoration and reconstruction of historic projects across Italy. Recent projects include the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Seminario Patriarcale, Gallerie Accademia, Casino di Venezia, and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Breda has dedicated much of his life to the protection of culturally significant historical architecture

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