Renaissance in Milan
“On the occasion of La Scala’s premiere of Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’, the nearby Palazzo Marino’s court yard of honour was sumptuously arranged by architects Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, who recreated a Renaissance atmosphere in harmony with the architecture of the palace and the aesthetics of the Wagnerian Drama. Adopting a decorative solution in use at that time, as shown in a number of paintings by Vittore Carpaccio and Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, the courtyard’s balconies were adorned with antique carpets offering much to the eye to feast on. More particularly, some precious carpets dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were lent by Moshe Tabibnia Gallery, Milan. Amongst these, worthy of mention are two Ushak star carpets, an Ushak medallion carpet, two ‘Lotto’, a ‘Holbein’, a ‘rug with compartments’, an Isfahan carpet, a ‘dragon carpet’ and, not least, the famous Karapinar carpet [...]”.