Built-in 1700 by the ancestors of Carol LeWitt, wife of the American artist Sol LeWitt, the house is located in Praiano near Torre a Mare, an ancient watchtower. Its beauty and the sense of peace that one breathes within its walls immediately conquered the artist when, around the mid-1970s, he began to frequent the town of Praiano, a fishing village nestled between Positano and Amalfi.
The artist immediately established a deep bond with that house: he came from a Jewish family that had lived in different parts of the world and loved the idea of a house that belonged to the same family for centuries.
He also wanted to open his house to artists and thought that Praiano was the ideal place. Together with his wife Carol and his family, LeWitt thus restores the space by creating an organic garden arranged along the thirteen terraces surrounding the house and giving the house its name, Casa L’Orto.
For the villa in Praiano, Sol LeWitt intended to create an installation of sculptures that he will never build due to local landscape constraints; however, he managed to design two large internal murals that he never sees realized since they will be completed on the day of his death in New York on April 8, 2007.
Among the properties of the LeWitt family, the house in Praiano is the only one that shows works by the artist inside. For his wife Carol, those murals will always represent “his last expression of love for his family and for that house."