Brolo and garden
The green area located in front of the House comprises a low hedge defining the path near the main entrance door and some circular rose beds that decorate and color the first part of the Garden. Beyond the rose beds, the visitor will find the “Brolo”, a typical orchard of Northern Italy, that takes up the remaining space of the Garden up to the magnificent wrought iron gate, forged by local artisans and used since the end of the 18th century. The Brolo served originally as a place to plant fruit trees and to keep domestic animals. In the Southwestern corner of the garden, in 1799, the artist planted a stone pine that still towers over the rooftops of Possagno.
Views of the garden and of the Museum complex | ph credits Otium/Favotto
Beyond the surrounding walls and the impressive gate, visitors can catch sight of the Park, where the family of Canova harvested the forage for their animals. This land is delimited by a belt of high trees. Antonio Canova’s grandfather Pasino, who used to be the owner of the land, sold it to support his talented nephew, who at that time had already moved to Venice. Thanks to this money, Canova could work half-day and spend the rest of his time drawing and studying the collection of plaster cast models of Greek and Roman artworks, and the masterpieces that Filippo Farsetti had put together and made available for art lovers.
The land was then repurchased by the artist after selling the statue of Perseus (1801). Tradition says that for this reason the area was renamed “Persei” fields.