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Villa Impero

Via Berengario da Carpi 33 - 40141 Bologna (BO)

Reference maps: N-11


Date of last update: 10/05/2018, 13:26

Villa Impero was built in the early 19th century by Marquis Mazzacorati after a project by Francesco Tadolini as a building to be used for party and ceremonies for the extant Neo-classical Aldrovrandi villa at Camaldoli. For Bologna 2000, European City of Culture, the Villa, formerly the headquarter of Ritz Saddler company, was turned into a new exhibition facility dedicated to contemporary visual arts. The Neo-classical style villa is surrounded by a lush century-old park. The decorations of its sober outer structure, partly due to recent renovation, find suitable correspondence in the lavish decoration inside, still in good condition, representing a sort of review of the Bolognese school from the early 19th century. The central hall, completely frescoed by Gaetano Civoli, links a sequel of communicating rooms on two stories, characterised by landscape and genre frescoes and distemper pictures. Some of the pictorial decorations show a relevant quality: country-room by a follower of Martinelli, a Pompeian bathroom and the monochrome decorations of the entry hall by Felice Giani.