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Villa Barbaro (01:51)


The Barbaro brothers of Venice commissioned Palladio to build the Villa Di Maser in Venice. See Veronese's painting of the villa and learn about the layout. (Credits)

Changing Economy and Architecture (01:52)

After losing maritime supremacy, Venice turned to hinterland, requiring nobles to look after their lands. This gave rise to villas; Palladio built many.

Main House (01:29)

The Villa Di Maser is symmetrically centered around the main house, which thrusts forward. Palladio was the first to stick the Roman temple façade on a simple building.

Villa Logia (02:53)

A covered passage along each of the wings unifies the appearance of distinct buildings. Windows and doors are aligned except at highly decorated extremities.

Villa Rooms (02:20)

The meeting of main house and wings is incoherent. The reception room has a high ceiling and cruciform shape. The Salon of Olympus connects to private apartments.

Room Proportions (02:48)

Palladio alternates square with half-square rooms in the apartments. He was the first to propose a standardized approach to architectural composition.

Pragmatism (02:02)

Palladio's buildings are economically built despite grandiosity. Access points are modest. Private entrances by the staircase rise from communal areas.

Villa Paintings (02:53)

Veronese's frescoes at the Villa di Maser fool the eye into seeing depictions of daily life as real.

Palladio and Veronese (00:57)

Some say Palladio thought Veronese's frescoes destroyed his rational system by opening imaginary doors and windows; artist's work was complimentary.

Villa Courtyard (02:30)

An enclosed courtyard at the rear of the villa contains a fountain and nymphaeum.

Villa Fountains (01:21)

The fountains draw on a basin built into the hillside, part of a hydraulic system.

Tempietto (00:45)

The Villa Di Maser was Palladio's breakthrough. The Tempietto combines pagan and Christian architecture; he died before it was completed.

Palladio's Legacy (01:39)

Characters sculpted and painted on the walls tell a history. By giving a country house the grand architecture of a temple, Palladio combined beauty and utility.

Credits: The Villa Barbaro - Villa Di Maser: Architectures- Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:29)

Credits: The Villa Barbaro - Villa Di Maser: Architectures- Achievements in Modern Architecture

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In the second half of the 16th century, the countryside around Venice witnessed the arrival of a totally new type of housing, a cross between farmhouse and palazzo, called the villa. When creating villas, Andrea Palladio brought together grand architecture with habitation and daily usage in trying to marry beauty with utility. Around 1560 in Maser, the Barbaro brothers asked Andrea Palladio to build a country house and the painter Paolo Veronese to decorate the walls. In front of the rationalist work of Palladio, the Veronése frescoes which decorate the villa Barbaro are a type of illusion, opening imaginary doors and windows everywhere and inserting a dialog between real architecture and painted architecture. The Villa Rotonda is the most famous of all Palladio's villas and for some critics it is the most beautiful home ever built in the West.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL65356

ISBN: 978-1-60057-666-9

Copyright date: ©2007

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