Art and culture

Foresti palace

Via San Francesco, 20 - Carpi - MO - 41012

Phone: 059/691376

Fax: 059/695541



booking only

The palazzo - which is still being restructured today - is not freely accessible to the public, but can be visited by guided groups, school parties, associations and institutions with prior booking

Historical notes

In 1892, Pietro Foresti appointed the architect-engineer, Achille Sammarini (1827--1899) to adapt -, and in part demolish - his family's old industrial buildings, which had previously been used to manufacture straw and cork hats.
The facade of this one storey building is constructed in smooth, stuccoed brick. The two, large twin-lancet windows on the terraces, embellished with renaissance style terracotta objects are also particularly worthy of note. An original, 15th century Venetian, gothic twin-lancet window salvaged from an ancient noble house which had been demolished in the city adorns the palazzo's courtyard.
A majestic neo-baroque staircase can also be admired next to the painted nymphaeum and takes visitors up to the main floor of the house, decorated by Modena-born artists Lelio Rossi (1844-1907), Fermo Forti (1839-1911), Andrea Becchi (1849-1926) and Carlo Grossi (1857-1931).

The following can be visited with prior booking: The Large Hall on the Main Floor
Contains furnishings and decorations which have been specifically designed for it, such as its wooden doorframes and the imposing marble fireplace in the late 16th century-inspired living-room located next to it.

The Liberty Parlour
This room still contains its original decorations. Carlo Grossi's (1857-1931) paintings are on display in the "Salotto rosa," and illustrate the "Phases of the day" with frolicking feminine figures intertwined with flowers and with unmistakably liberty touches, particularly in terms of their details: ribbons, veils, hairstyles painted with light, deft brushstrokes and bright colours alluding to an innocent eroticism. The roof paintings in this ample room have been attributed to Lelio Rossi (1844-1907) and contain geometrical representations recalling the late neo-classical period with grotesque touches hinting at neo-renaissance decorations

The study: Dr. Alberto Marri's officeNymphaeum: the small Nymphaeum is found on the ground floor and has been decorated with an exotic, green, hilly landscape which possibly represents Africa during the colonial period between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Larger rooms are available for exhibitions, shows and artistic-cultural events.

Last update: 18/01/2016