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Leopoldo Pollack, project of an arch


Pen, black ink and watercolour, on laid paper with watermark Zoonen, signed and dated at bottom right Leopoldo Pollack / 1799, inscribed Arco a Corte Ollona. 370 x 266 mm.
As is known the Belgiojoso family was among the main customers of Pollack. The arch studied in our drawing was intended for Corte Ollona (now Corteolona) near Pavia and dedicated to Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso (1725-1813)

Leopoldo Pollack was born in Vienna, the son of an official of the Chancellery of the Department of Italy. He moved to Milan in 1775 after attending the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown and soon became a collaborator of his teacher, the architect Giuseppe Piermarini. He established himself professionally since the early eighties, playing an important role during the reign of Joseph II, becaming one of the leading proponents of Neoclassical architecture. He was a member of the Bolognese Accademia Clementina and of the Academy of Fine Arts in Parma.
Pollack was appointed controller of the royal factories accounts, and then master of perspective at the Brera Academy; in 1786, he assumed the post of professor of Elements of Civil Architecture. With the arrival of the French he was appointed professor, but his ties to the Austrian court forced him to resign in favor of Giacomo Albertolli. He became architect of the Fabbrica del Duomo since 1803 and started to work on the completion of the façade that was built after his death, by Carlo Amati. Among the works created by Pollack there are the Villa Belgioioso in Milan with landscaped garden (1790), Villa Casati in Muggiò, the Agosti-Grumelli building in Via San Salvatore in Bergamo (1796- 97), the Teatro Sociale in Bergamo (1803-06), the villa called "la Rotonda" in Borgovico near Como, the English garden of Palazzo Sormani, the façade of San Vittore (1791) in Varese.
Leopoldo also worked to the buildings of the University of Pavia, continuing the work already started by Giuseppe Piermarini, aimed at an expansion of the building complex. In Pavia Pollack also intervened for the San Matteo Hospital, between 1783 and 1785, transforming the old church of San Matteo.

price: 1.800,00 euros

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