Carlo Scarpa (June 2, – November 28, ) is best known for his instinctive approach Spotlight: Carlo Scarpa, Museo Castelvecchio. Castelvecchio Museum is a museum in Verona, northern Italy, located in the eponymous medieval castle. Restoration by the architect Carlo Scarpa between. Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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The drive from Venice to Verona is only a few hours and we arrived at Castelvecchio after lunch. The medieval museum provides visitors multiple routes to explore the collection so we split up and occasionally crossed paths.

Inunder the direction of Licisco Magagnato, a comprehensive vision was developed for the renovation and installation of a medieval museum. By the time Scarpa started work castelvecciho his museum plan and exhibition design scheme inthe old castle had gone through more than seven hundred alterations.


Over the centuries it had been rebuilt, modified, altered, and embellished according to different time periods and needs and Scarpa was transparent about his assessment of scwrpa project, stating csstelvecchio a conference: Castelvfcchio museum consists of twenty-nine rooms of paintings, sculptures, weaponry, ceramics, and miniatures dating from to Because the existing architecture was not precious, Scarpa was able to approach the renovation of the castle with a certain freedom.

His interventions range from small-scale details such as installing mahogany and brass handrails to large-scale additions such as new galleries.

A set of angular stone stairs leads up to the fortress walkway and, like the steps in the Olivetti Showroom and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, continues the material of the existing wall while introducing a new geometry. Steel beams replace medieval timbers while reflecting the scale and orientation of the historic features.

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Each exhibit inspires its own style and moving through the museum feels like passing through a series of distinct interiors, each one a unique arrangement of light, color, materials, display systems, and artifacts. Sculptures and sculpture fragments are arranged together to form a whole. In one gallery, massive paintings are mounted onto metal frames that protrude from the ancient architecture of the space.


The frames extend from the wall and ceiling so that both front and back of the canvas can be admired.

This not only liberates the artwork but also contributes to the spatial experience of the place. Mariah Nielson is a London-based curator and writer.

She is the director of the J. Sign up for the latest Maharam Stories and product introductions. Photography by Leslie Williamson.

Castelvecchio by Mariah Nielson.