The Castello di Rivara, historical seat of the Cenacle of painters of the Rivara School, located 30 kilometers from Turin in the Canavese valleys, is a complex consisting of three independent buildings: the Medieval Castle, the Neo-Baroque Villa and the Stables, immersed in a park of over 45,000 square meters. The upper castle, which has retained more traces of its medieval origin, was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Valperga and is situated in such a way as to dominate the road to the mountain; the lower castle, instead facing the plain, was built by the Discalzi Counts in the thirteenth century in order to oppose, even visually, the power that the Valperga family exercised over the fief. The Ogliani family used it as a “School of Rivara” where painters met in Rivara to paint en plein air, anticipating in some ways the movement of the French Impressionists. The cenacle of artists who met at the castle included characters of the stature of Pittara, Avondo, Pastoris, D'Andrade, Rayper, Teja and others. Today the Castle is a center of contemporary art that has exhibition spaces and atélier in which Italian and foreign artists are hosted, similarly to what happened in the nineteenth century. An exhibition space of 4,000 square meters, dedicated to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

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Str. del Castello Rivara
10080 Rivara

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