Map of Baja for Museo Bagatti Valsecchi Via Santo Spirito 10 Tues Sun 1 5.45pm 9 Wmuseobagattivalsecchi.org MMontenapoleone or San Babilia In a house linking Via Santo Spirito with Via Ges 5, just off Via Montenapoleone, is the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, an absorbing private museum affording an intriguing insight into the tastes of the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers, Giuseppe and Fausto. Taking the nineteenth-century fashion for collecting to an extreme, they built a Renaissancestyle home, inspired by the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, in which to house their Renaissance collections. Nineteenth-century reproductions were artfully executed to integrate harmoniously with the original Renaissance tapestries, furniture and other works of art that decorated the premises. The brothers lived in separate apartments sharing the drawing room, dining room and a gallery of weapons and armour. All the rooms are richly decorated with carved fireplaces, painted ceilings and heavy wall-hangings and paintings. The fireplace in the drawing room perfectly illustrates the brotherseclectic approach to decoration: the main surround is sixteenth-century Venetian, the frescoes in the middle are from Cremona, while the whole ensemble is topped off with the Bagatti Valsecchi coat-ofarms. Modern conveniences were incorporated into the house but not allowed to ruin the harmony, so the shower in the bathroom is disguised in a niche, and the piano, which had not yet been invented in the sixteenth century, is discreetly incorporated within a cabinet. Map of Baja 2016.
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