Sunday, 30 August 2009 11:03

Palazzina Marfisa

Palazzina Marfisa
Published in Luoghi
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 22:12

Visioni e pensieri sull’arte a Ferrara

Un particolare degli affreschi che decorano la “Sala del Tesoro” eseguiti da Garofalo e dai suoi collaboratori presso Palazzo Ludovico il Moro, nelle pagine seguenti alcune immagini dell’allestimento della mostra “La Leggenda del Collezionismo”.Tre grandi progetti per la fine del secolo Ventesimo
L'arte di Ferrara da qualche anno è entrata in possesso di uno strumento di grandissima efficacia evocativa, che nessuna, o quasi, tra le grandi città dell'arte italiana può esibire con altrettanto legittimo orgoglio. Da quando uno storico, Werner Gundersheimer, ha portato alla conoscenza degli amatori dell'arte lo straordinario manoscritto vaticano di mano di Sabadino degli Arienti,
Published in Num. 29
Saturday, 20 September 2008 07:08

Gardens in Ferrara

The search for Eden in the gardens of Ferrara, from the isle of Belvedere to the public green spaces of today.
The demise of a family and a power, however, could no longer be staved off by the propitiatory song of the ladies of the court as its notes wended their way upwards towards the merlons of the castle.

But the myth of the garden survived as a mental model of Paradise, and resisted the menacing turbulence of history's tempests while the wave of the contingent, bearing the flotsam and jetsam of a world gone mad, lapped the last Eden granted to man's folly: the garden of the Finzi Continis.

Inspired by the memory of the Grotto of Princess Marguerite Caetani and by Ferrara's via sacra, la via dei Piopponi (today Corso Ercole I d'Este), Bassani's imaginary garden reaffirms that principle proper to the Edenic idea of a place that is both consolation and memory, an inviolable sanctuary of the affections, but also a precarious refuge from history as it knocked at Micòl Finzi Contini's great dark door.

Published in Num. 2
Monday, 15 September 2008 14:01

The rebirth of the garden that doesn't exist

«...The hope is that other generations will help reconstruct the lost gardens.»
The story of Ferrara's gardens is a strange and absorbing one. In the days of its greatest splendour, the city of the Este's had constructed a system of gardens that made Ferrara famous throughout the world and served to create that particular architectonic feature known as a pleasaunce. And yet, with the devolution of 1598 that saw the Este family abandon the city to be replaced by the Papal powers, those gardens were immediately "unmade AND uprooted".
Published in Num. 5
The troubled history of the palazzina of Marfisa d'Este.
At the bottom of corso Giovecca stands the Palazzina of Marfisa d'Este: a noble and harmonious building, its architecture is imbued with a sense of moderate, contained rhythm. It was built in the mid Seventeenth century by order of Francesco I d'Este, the third son of Alfonso I and Lucrezia Borgia.

The structure was part of a grand urban plan boldly conceived by Francesco d'Este. Already the owner of palazzo Schifanoia, with the construction of the Palazzina on via Giovecca and the subsequent acquisition of Palazzo Neroni on via Cisterna del Follo, Francesco's plan was to integrate the gardens and green spaces linking all three buildings thus imposing a rational organization on the whole south-eastern side of the city, still largely innocent of buildings.

Published in Num. 5