Enrico Nistri (Pisa 1871 - Viareggio 1922) settled in the villa with his wife and children, Umberto, Margherita Bianca and Matilde in 1913 where the youngest child Fernando was born in September of the same year. The figure of the artist, who was originally from Pisa, of whom up until now there had only been sparse and fragmentary information, represents an important page in the cultural and artistic panorama of the town.
Until 1900 Nistri was a teacher at the Reale scuola Tecnica in La Spezia. In 1901, together with his brother Giuseppe, he moved to Cairo where he created the Nistri Brothers decoration company. Just one year later, in 1902, he formed his own personal company which was among some of the most important in the decorating field in Egypt and he ran it until 1919.
In reality Nistri's story adds a small part to the important chapter of the presence of Tuscan artists, architects and craftsmen in Egypt. As a matter of fact, from the second half of the Nineteenth century, in the likelihood that eastern countries were close to rapid westernisation, many Tuscans moved to Egypt. A typical example of this is the figure of Nistri who managed to interpret and propose a rich repertoire of a decidedly Arab taste with his "entrepreneurial and artistic painting and decoration" business.
(source: Alessandra Belluomini Pucci - Centro Studi Cultura Eclettica Liberty e Déco