The Room of Filippo de Pisis at Villa Necchi Campiglio

The Room of Filippo de Pisis at Villa Necchi Campiglio
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A collector and his passions. In the Roman apartment of Via Rasella, Luigi Vittorio Fossati Bellani animated a gathering of painters and literary figures, bibliophiles and music-lovers. Among his most beloved artists was Filippo de Pisis, to whom is dedicated an entire room. The same one we can admire today, rebuilt in every detail, at Villa Necchi Campiglio, the home-museum where one can still enjoy the atmosphere of Milan between the two world wars. Fossati Bellani couldn’t enjoy his collection for long - involved in the German roundup that, in 1944, led to the Ardeatine massacre, the engineer was released but died a few days later, he was so overcome by the event. 75 years later, his remarkably personal wunderkammer lives again in the historic home designed by Piero Portaluppi in the heart of Milan. Thanks to the archival material and ample photographic documentation that the display is based on, we are able to admire, in their original arrangement, 22 paintings and drawings never before seen in public. Along with the paintings of de Pisis, such as the celebrated Bacchino, believed lost for years and a never-before-seen San Sebastiano, are paintings by Alberto Savinio, Ottone Rosai, Antonio Antony de Witt, that Fossati Bellani loved to look at together. And all of these in a precious dialogue with the environs and the art déco furnishings of the villa, for a wondrous journey through an exceptional moment go the 1900s in Italy.

Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano