PICRYL
PICRYLThe World's Largest Public Domain Source
  • homeHome
  • searchSearch
  • photo_albumStories
  • collectionsCollections
  • infoAbout
  • star_rateUpgrade
  • account_boxLogin
Villa Barbaro, from I quattro libri dell'architettura di Andrea Palladio (Book 2, page 51)

Villa Barbaro, from I quattro libri dell'architettura di Andrea Palladio (Book 2, page 51)

  • save_altThumbnail200x200
  • save_altSmall431x640
  • save_altMedium690x1024
  • save_altLarge1078x1600
  • save_altOriginal2534x3761
description

Summary

One of Palladio's architectural masterpieces, the Villa Barbaro (1557–58) overlooks the farmlands near Asolo and Vicenza. The villa has an elongated composition consisting of a central wing with various side pavilions and courtyards, thus incorporating features of the typical farmyard of the Veneto region (barns, dovecotes). As such, it demonstrates Palladio's versatility in developing a range of models for classical-inspired villas and his ability to incorporate each client's special needs. The design extends into the landscape by ordering the experience of the natural environment with an ornamental fountain and nymphaeum carved into the hill behind the villa. The decorative program brings the countryside into the house through the Venetian painter Paolo Veronese's refined and delicately colored murals depicting scenes from contemporary villa life that transform the cruciform sala into an apparent colonnade.
Andrea Palladio (Italian, Padua 1508–1580 Vicenza)

date_range

Date

1570
create

Source

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
copyright

Copyright info

Exploredell and

Explorebarbaro

Explorepalladio