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Veduta intera dalla parte principale del - Dal Re, Marc’Antonio. (Oreno. Pl - 1726. [1194120]
Milan 1726 - (Oreno. Plan of the villa and gardens). Veduta intera dalla parte principale del palazzo di Oreno del Sig. Conte Gian. Btta. Scotti. Engraving from the first edition of Dal Re’s Ville di Delizia (1726), title below in Italian and French, overall size 1025 x 500 mm. Spectacular peorspective view. Oreno lay some 14 miles from Milan near the town of Monza, and below a small hill on the slopes of Mount Brianza. The first designs for the villa were done in the early 18th century by the owner Giovanni Battista Scotti himself. Two courtyards with numerous linking outbuildings either side lead to the main villa: a two-storied building with three-floored central elevation, there is a portico below and a clock tower above, with a stairway leading to its pinnacle from a belvedere either side. The succession of gardens extending to the foothills of Mount Brianza were a wonder in their day. An ingenious system of fountains plays in the parterre gardens adjoining the palace, with either side an unusual row of five adjacent berceaux. A splendid wrought iron gateway leads over a path to a second enclosed garden. Here again the layout is quadripartite, each section planted with rows of small trees. To the left is a ‘bosquet’ with grazing and prancing deer; grilles in the wall allow one to watch them. Further gardens towards the range of hills show ‘boulingrins’ with gazebos, labyrinths, and bordered walks beside a long canal leading to the grand belvedere with elaborate Neptune fountain. Nothing now remains of this monumentally grand conception. The villa was subsequently altered by Simone Cantoni (fl. 1736—1818), and the garden completely transformed into the English landscape style. See Dal Re, Ville di de1izia, Polifilo edition, 1963. A fine impression and in very good condition, made up as issued of 3 folios neatly joined; small skilful repair at left edge and 3 faint small spots at upper left not detracting from overall appearance. [Attributes: First Edition]
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