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SM 45/2/2


Copy of Luigi Trezza's measured drawing, ? 5-7 May 1780


Part-plan and half-elevation of Il Palazzo del' Sig.re Conte Pietro Emili situato nel Villagio di Villimpenta, dieci miglia da Mantua / Giulio Romano Architecto


bar scale labelled Piedi Veronesi


as above, Il Palazzo del' Sig.re Conte Pietro Emilio. situato nel Villagio di Villimpenta, dieci miglia da Mantua / Giulio Romano Architecto and (key to plan) A. Capella / B. Alcove / C. Scale segrete / D. Galleria

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, hatching on laid paper (648 x 469)




VF with 3 six-pointed stars above and Imperial with 3 crescents below


While the original drawing by Trezza was fully drawn out, Soane's copy is unfinished and shows the left-hand side of a seven-bay, two-storey house with attic and raised basement, and with a raised centre of three bays; only part of the plan was copied.
According to P.Davies and D.Hemsoll, 'The Villa Zani at Villimpenta' in Giulio Romano - architect, 1998, pp.254-6, the Villa was probably 'designed and built in the years immediately preceding 1583 ... a likely candidate [as architect] would be Bernardino Facciotto (active 1580-90)'. The patron would have been Antonio da Passano. Fig.311 reproduces Luigi Trezza's elevation and plan drawn 1770-4 and housed in the Biblioteca Civica, Verona, MS 1010.
See general note regarding Sanmicheli and Luigi Trezza under Italy: Verona: Gran Guardia Vecchia


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, pp.312-3; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.162-3



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