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A trip in the Baroque period

Isola Bella is the ideal destination to immerse yourself in the Baroque age.

A guide will accompany the youngsters around the 17th-century princely dwelling, telling of the rich treasures safeguarded in the twenty rooms of Palazzo Borromeo: paintings, tapestries, carved wood, statues, sumptuous furnishings and the important Painting Gallery or the General Berthier Gallery, the only art gallery that remains from among the many that existed in Northern Italy and that have been lost over the years.
It has more than one hundred and thirty works on display, from the followers of Leonardo to the masters of 17th-century Lombardy.

Galleria Berthier
La Galleria dei Quadri o del Generale Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo (Isola Bella)

The adventure continues in the mosaic grottoes, a cool, delightful place at water level, and with walks in the splendid Italian-style garden with its terraces in bloom, fountains and statues representing rivers, winds and seasons.
If you climb the steps of the Teatro Massimo, it will be possible to admire the panorama of Lago Maggiore as though you were on the deck of a sailing ship.

Le Grotte, Isola Bella
Le Grotte, Isola Bella (ph Marco Benedetto Cerini)

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L’unica galleria di pittura barocca tra Piemonte e Lombardia conservata fino a noi è a Palazzo Borromeo sull’Isola Bella.
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È la Galleria Berthier che tra le sue 130 opere, comprende anche dipinti di grandi nomi nella cerchia di Leonardo da Vinci, tra cui Bernardino de’ Conti, tra i maggiori esponenti della tradizione sforzesca.
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Anche in questo ritratto d’uomo, la vista di tre quarti su fondo scuro, l’attenzione ai dettagli del costume del personaggio e la durezza plastica, quasi di derivazione nordica, ne fanno i tratti distintivi di questo grande autore.
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Vediamo insieme gli altri dettagli nelle Stories?
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Bernardino de’ Conti
Ritratto d’uomo
1505-1510
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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#Berthier130
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The only baroque painting gallery between Piedmont and Lombardy preserved to this day is at Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella.
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It is the Galleria Berthier, which houses 130 works including paintings by renowned artists in the circle of Leonardo da Vinci, including Bernardino de' Conti; one of the greatest exponents of the Sforza tradition.
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Even in this portrait of a man, depicted in a three-quarter perspective on a dark background, the attention to detail of the character's costume and the hardness of the plastic, almost of Nordic derivation, are the hallmarks of this great artist.
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Shall we observe the other details together in our stories?
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Bernardino de’ Conti
Portrait of a man
1505-1510
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

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