Stefania Ventra

From stonemason to entrepreneur: Nicola Pirovano from Viganò. Traces for the career of an artisan in Milan at the time of Luigi Cagnola

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Thanks to his mastery, technical skills combined with an uncommon entrepreneurial spirit, Nicola Pirovano became the trusted supplier of architect Luigi Cagnola, personally participating in the construction of his major sites. By wisely accompanying the entire supply chain of stones, as well as developing a method of processing the Baveno granite, and thus contributing to the spread of the use of this stone in architecture, Pirovano took on a leading role in the chronicles for two extraordinary enterprises and represents a model case of the importance of technical and material advances in the early nineteenth century in Milan and of the social rise to which a craftsman could aspire


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