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3 March 2020

Camellias in bloom

Camellias in bloom

A feast of colours has brightened up the avenues of the gardens at Terre Borromeo early this year.

 
Thanks to the mild temperatures of recent weeks, the flower that is the first to inaugurate the warm season, the Camellia, has already blossomed.

 
The oldest collection of this plant, native to the Far East, is held in the botanical park of Isola Madre, and is around two centuries old.
At the wishes of Giberto V Borromeo and his son Vitaliano IX Borromeo, in 1828 gardeners Giuseppe and Renato Rovelli began to introduce camellias into the garden on the island. In addition to the cultivation of numerous species, such as Camellia japonica AlbaPlena, Montinori, incarnata, this also provided the opportunity to select new hybrids, which today are considered the symbol of nursery gardening around Lago Maggiore, such as japonica Gloria del Verbano or Gloria delle Isole Borromee.

 
The work begun two centuries ago still continues in the endeavours of the gardeners, who have extended the stock of ancient camellias, adding new specimens over the years, such as Camellia sinensis, reticolata and sasanqua, or the extremely rare Franklinia alatamaha, which is now extinct in the wild.

 
The itinerary for getting to know and exploring the many shades of these flowers – which have a spiritual value in China and Japan – sets out from Isola Madre and continues in the Baroque garden of Isola Bella and in the Parco Pallavicino, on the Stresa lake-front, where they brighten up the avenues in the shade of centuries-old trees.

A botanical cornucopia that gives visitors a trip immersed in the fascination of these flowers, offering a beauty that, from 20 March, can be admired close-up, so you can smell their perfume.

 
Where to admire the camellias:

• Isola Bella: to the left of the Camphor, on the espaliers of the triangle, in the belvedere
Isola Madre: Piano delle Camelie
• Parco Pallavicino: beside the avenues around the park

 
For those who would like to take the perfume of these flowers home, it is possible to purchase the “Camelia” eau de toilette by Acqua di Stresa in the bookshops on Isola Bella and Isola Madre.

camelia-acqua di stresa
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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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Bernardino de’ Conti
Ritratto d’uomo
1505-1510
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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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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Bernardino de’ Conti
Portrait of a man
1505-1510
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

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