Valiga's House or Artist's House
Casa Valiga is a small building characterized by a Renaissance façade containing fine architectural elements and decorative solutions.
Traces of lozenges decoration are still visible on the façade’s plaster.
The small palace, characterized by a small cobblestones courtyard, was the commercial and representative location of the nearby bigger palace and belonged to a merchants’ family. In fact, two writings representative of the active mercantile middle class were found in the hall at the main floor:
- “Il darsi da fare è madre delle ricchezze” (“Effort is the mother of richness”)
- “Il suo danno è il tuo guadagno” (“His damage is your profit”)
The family was well educated. Many frescos, decorating the big hall (or caminata), testify this. A central picture, taken from Dante’s Inferno 1st Canto and Petrarch’s Triumph, characterizes the walls. Artist’s symbolic image draws on with care from the available bibliographic sources.
This was, then, a merchant’s house, storing goods on the ground floor, but with Dante and Petrarca on the first floor: not on the Gran Canal in Venice, but in Bienno!
Today the building belongs to the Comunità Montana (Mountain Community) of Camonica Valley. Its expository rooms, laboratories and studios are available for artists willing to live in the Valley for short periods of time and desirous to show their mastery.
From Monday to Friday: By reservation only by calling, 345 048 4986.
Saturday: 10.00am - 12.00 / 15.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 10.00am - 12.00 / 15.00 - 18.00
Directions: Via Carotti, 4, Bienno (Bs).