Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Tomb in AltivoleBig Names
Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Tomb in Altivole
Near Asolo, the reign of the queen Catherine Corner, there is a small village called Altivole... Its cemetery is renowned for containing a funeral monument built by one of the most important architects of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa.
The monument was commissioned in 1969 by Onorina Brion Tomasin for her husband Giuseppe Brion, founder and owner of 'Brionvega', and was constructed between 1970 and 1978, the same year in which Scarpa died falling from a shop staircase in Sendai, in Japan. The project was therefore completed following the architect's original project, who was later buried inside it - a wish he had expressed in his testament.
The funerary monument's structure resembles a 'tilted L' and its parts consist of propylaea, an arcosolium (burial method typically used in catacombs), a chapel and a 'meditation hall' erected above a mirror of water.
The propylaea comprise of an asymmetrical façade, limited on the right side by a heavily modelled sept (symbol of strength), and a type of pillar on the left side (symbol of beauty).
The arcosolium consists of a rich carpet with two rows of black and white chess tiles, its middle line connecting the two graves; the sarcophagi are panelled with ebony slats.
The chapel is located in the middle of a water basin in which step-shaped cement elements are arranged.
The 'meditation hall' resembles a box in which the lower section has been removed, hence appearing to be suspended above water... it is actually supported by thin pillars with a jagged profile. The pavilion is purposely separated from the rest of the building by a door, which can be lowered underground and disappear into the water operated by a complex network of cables and pulleys, concealed from the visitor's eye.
If you happen to be in Altivole, which can be reached from Venice by a convenient private taxi service, include a stop in your trip at the 'Barco' of Catherine Corner, the only remaining portion of the splendid palace which the Queen of Cyprus commissioned for herself and her court, after the Republic of Venice donated the feud of Asolo to her.
Venice: The relief of the man with the pipe at Palazzo Loredan on the Grand Canal
Mysteries & Legends
One of the oldest buildings on the banks of the Grand Canal is Palazzo Loredan, built in the 13th century and currently seat of the Tow...View
Verona: The equestrian monument at Cangrande della Scala in Verona
One of the most famous people in the history of Verona is surely Cangrande della Scala, Lord of Verona from 1308 to 1329, the year of h...View
Padua: The Museum of the History of Medicine in Padua
Unknown places & works
If you are tired of the usual museums filled with paintings and sculptures, you might find the Museum of the History of Medicine in Pad...View
Treviso: The 'Barco' of Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus, in Altivole
One of the most charming figures of the history of Venice is certainly Catherine Corner, queen of Cyprus (1454-1510). At the age of 18,...View
Venice: The Sirens and the lace from Burano in the Venice lagoon
Mysteries & Legends
The island of Burano island in the Venice lagoon is definitely a magical place: filled with small colourful houses, delicious cookies, ...View