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.
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.
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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