Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited by Richard Murphy
The arrangement of paintings on Room 10 on the first floor of the Reggia remains as Scarpa designed except for the frescoes on the walls which Maganato decided might have been original after all and had them re-exposed in 1986, eight years after Scarpa’s death. The arrangement of the paintings on easels and hung freestanding between rods is classic Scarpa, in particular the location of the “Madonna of the Quails” by Pisanello and “Madonna and Rose Garden” by Stefano de Verona which he places with their back to the visitor pulling them across to that side of the room. Only then do they see the tiny “Entombment of Christ”by Lippi which Scarpa placed in a special felt lined frame.
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