The architecture, the statues and the fountains
This grand formal garden, conceived to be admired from above
, is called "Crispin de Pass", referring to a
table in the Hortus Floridus by Crispin de Pass (1614).
Its plantings have a fan-shaped geometrical layout, with bulbs and flowers, enriched by splendid sculptures
including a neo-renaissance fountain, balusters, obelisks, solitary and exotic peacocks, statues and
cherubs done by Valentino Panciera known as "Besarel" (1829 - 1902).
It was an extraordinary project
keeping in step with the new style that was popular in England and was
influenced by the Edwardian architect Sir Reginald Blomfield
(1856 - 1942) with architectural pieces and
topiaries, a historical throwback to when garden and house were a single project. The publication "The
Formal Garden in England"
proposed the return to the tradition of the garden of the 1600s.
The garden of Vescovana
shows in every element the two souls of Evelina van Millingen
: her strong English
roots expressed in her Victorian taste - moderated by the secular history of the Pisani family, is united
with the Italian traditions, and became a well-balanced blend of a highly architectural setting and the
naturalness of the surrounding park.
The presence of statues, vases and fountains are clearly due to the Italian influence
Around the mid 1800s, the desire for Italianate gardens took hold, filtering through the Victorian style,
especially in Tuscany.
In Hapsburgian Veneto, this trend did catch on, except for at Vescovana, where the refined and cosmopolitan
owner had such famous guests as the Prince of Wales, carried out this particular project with vases,
statues and fountains, until making it unique for this type of garden.