The Philosophy of the intervention
The decorative elements of the ancient palazzo Del Carretto di Gorzegno are still waiting to be revealed. Stucco modelled items, gilding, stone elements, paintings and frescoes on the walls, and polychrome coffered ceilings still adorn the surfaces of the building, although having suffered the ravages of time. The historical research alongside the restoration has helped understanding that the most important construction and decorative phases belong to three different historical periods: the first one is linked to the construction of the palace by Francesco Giacinto Gallinati, completed in 1689; the second one was a result of the acquisition of the palace by marquis Carlo Tete Del Carretto di Gorzegno in 1768; the third phase witnessed a stylistic renewal, presumably dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, perhaps thanks to count Luigi Biandrate di San Giorgio. The facade, along with the horizontal wooden supports featuring beautiful polychrome decorations, date back to the first phase. The following transformations, almost a century later, undoubtedly involved the elimination of some wooden ceilings by building news ones. The various polychrome stucco architecture of the atrium can be traced back to this historic period. Latest in time, a rich decorative phase that still embellishes some of the rooms that feature gilded stuccoes, fireplaces, wood panelling and mirrors. The restoration work, entrusted to the restorers of Consorzio San Luca, plans on bringing to light the brightness of pure gold, the colours of frescoes, those of the coffered ceilings and on freeing the stuccoes from the layers which have changed the quality of the modelled items, by operating in the context of conservative intervention and in accordance with modern preservation principles.