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Reference number

SM 45/2/4, 45/2/5


Copies of Luigi Trezza's measured drawings, ? 5-7 May 1780 (2)


1 Longitudinal section/elevation
2 Part-elevation showing 4 of the 7 bays of the front


bar scales of Veronese feet


1 Spaccato del Palazzo, e Facciata del Cortile delli Nob.i Sig,n' Marchesi di Canossa in Verona, P and W, Adige and some dimensions given
2 Palazzo Canossa Verona, Nta L'Attica di questo Palazzo fu modernamente / construtta per coprire l'alzamento della Sala, in tutto Piedi: 89' 8" (of length), (carved on the frieze) Et Filio Filiorum et semen illorum habitabum - in saecula and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash, pencil; pen, pencil; on laid paper (471 x 645, 470 x 645)




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


The palace was designed by Sanmicheli on a three-sided plan with the open back guarded by the fast-running river Adige. The elevation shows a triple-arched entrance in the rusticated base with arched windows on the ashlar piano nobile divided by paired pilasters with, unusually, a mezzanine storey above and another below. Soane's unfinished copy omits much of the freehand detail including the balustrade and its array of statues. He noted that the attic storey was added (1761) to conceal the recently raised roof of the hall; some inscribed dimensions are not consistent with the scale. The Palazzo Canossa was under construction in 1533.

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.307-8; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.162



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