Splendor by Lake Como – “Villa Balbiano: Italian Opulence on Lake Como” by Ruben Modigliani
September 26, 2018
Dear readers, not sure if it’s the harvesting season of the vineyards in Europe, or I just missed the beautiful experience of walking through the vineyard, touching the berries, and getting into some of the beautiful mansion of the wine-grower, having a deeper understanding about their heritage, family history, and of course, the interior and home furnishing of the house. Speaking of mansion and interior, I recently came across a very impressive book which recalls me the kind of vineyard mansion’s feeling, the sumptuous coffee table book titled “Villa Balbiano: Italian Opulence on Lake Como”, although the book has been published a couple of months ago, however, I am so thrilled to finally see that in one of a high end bookstore which they stock it! Without any hesitation I decided to get this (and only) copy right off the shelf.
Written by Mr. Ruben Modigliani, who is Senior editor of AD Italia, and an authority on the history of architecture and taste, along with the beautiful photos which taken by Mr. Bruno Ehrs, this book is an impressive album of the Villa Balbiano, a historic and splendid mansion which located in a prominent position at Lake Como in Italy, a picturesque and popular resort paradise for aristocrats and elites. The villa, with over a century’s history, was once the home of the enlightened Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, who transformed this villa into a crucible of philosophy and art, framed within the villa’s archetypical Roman lines. While the mansion has been refurbished by one of my favorite esteemed French interior designer, Mr. Jacques Garcia, which added his sublimed and alluring touch in the restoration work to this villa, including his signature of combining antique furnishing set and world-class collection paintings, which brings a new breathe of air on top of this opulent, artistic, and historic Italian villa.
Despite I didn’t have a chance yet to visit this splendid mansion in person, yet, by flipping each beautiful page of this book, and witness the effort that made by the author and the photographer, with their interpretation to capture the most essential and sumptuous angle of the villa, I think I am content to just sit back to read this for now, having a cup of delicious jasmine tea and Italian lemon biscuit, to simply feel the Italian opulence and artistry.