Afternoon Catnap, (Borromeo -MI, Italy)

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Gulay Berryman

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Afternoon Catnap, (Borromeo -MI, Italy)

1997

61 x 76.2 cms | 24 x 30 ins
Oil

            Afternoon  Catnap

       Longhignana di Peschiera, Borromeo, (MI),  Italy

 

The ‘Trattoria dei Cacciatori’ is a lovely restaurant outside Milan not far from Linate Airport.  It is where Italian families enjoy spending a lazy weekend luncheon in a splendid country setting surrounded by medieval walls, grapevines and yes…..cats, many cats wandering from table to table beneath the feet of the clientele.   The restaurant has been run for several generations by the Temporali family.   It is a part of the grounds of the medieval castle of Longhignana.   One of the earliest proprietors, Bernarbo Visconti, used it as a hunting lodge – thus the name ‘cacciatori’ which means hunters in Italian.  In 1456, it was acquired by Vitaliano Borromeo and thus began the splendid Borromeo dynasty of ownership of the castle which reached its apogee during the era of Lodovico Borromeo and his wife Bona Maria da Longhignana who entertained lavishly and hosted many important visitors.      

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