"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


The Antognolla estate in Umbria was bought by a group of investors who built a concrete monstrosity 100 paces away with the help of a car park construction firm. It was then repurchased by Alessio Carabba, whose family had historically owned the estate and who still owns the neighbouring hill and its properties. Rather sadly, however, he is developing it as a Four Seasons hotel, so homogenisation is on the horizon.

So, it's under restoration and they have discovered a fresco in a crypt-type room from the 4TH CENTURY! No photos because it's all protected at the moment. The restorative paintwork in the main hall and antechamber is a bit eye-hurty but to be fair those rooms were originally painted in this sort of bright trompe l'oeil so it's true to the building's initial incarnation.

The painted lookalike marble is really convincing even up close but I much preferred the shoddy fake marble paintwork at Hagia Sophia that I posted about - all faded and shabby. Which this could become in time, except that it will probably never be allowed to fade under Four Seasons ownership.