Palazzo Negri already Vela Sambonifacio is a ancient palace of Verona, located between the very central via Cappello and via stella. The main entrance is in via Cappello 12.
The building, formerly owned by the Sambonifacio family, became the property of the Vela family and then to the Negri in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The current appearance of the building, in full neoclassical style, is the work ofarchitect Giannantonio Selva (1751-1819), famous for having designed the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
On the main facade of the Palazzo, the entrance portal stands out in size, surmounted by a stone balcony, where, above the central window, there are two tuff statues in a reclining position, sculpted by Gaetano Cignaroli, nephew of the famous painter Gian Bettino. Inside there is a vast atrium with a frescoed ceiling from which rises a majestic staircase, of the Palladian school, which rises to the main floor.
The frescoes made in 1810 by the painter Giovanni Cannella in the main hall of the Palace are of notable value, where you can see wide views with motifs derived from Piranesian engravings (triumphal arch, column, statue of crouched lion), for the first time no longer framed in frames, but arranged over a large portico with fluted Corinthian columns, according to a new style that will be imaged in many interior decorations of villas scattered throughout the Veronese territory up to and beyond the mid-nineteenth century.