Palladio's Villa Foscari

Palladio's Villa Foscari
Palladio's Villa Foscari
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This Venetian villa was designed by the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in the year 1560, perhaps the most influential architect over time thanks to works such as Villa Rotonda or Villa Badoer, whose influence reached all of Europe in the following centuries and even crossed the Atlantic, inspiring, for example, many of the capitols scattered throughout the eastern United States, including the from the capital: Washington.

Palladio's Villa Foscari

Palladio's Villa Foscari

This town is also known as the Malcontenta, whose name according to legend is due to a maiden of the Foscari family who here was retained. Although, that interpretation may not have much truth, and in the end the name is due more to some disastrous floods that the town suffered in the past.

As for its commissioners, there is no doubt, since on the pediment over the entrance it can be clearly read that they were the NN.HH. patricians Nicoló and Alvise Foscari.

In this case Palladio designed a building that itself is a huge cube, but its charm lies in its façade conceived from a portico in the form of classical pronaos in the that opens a pediment of cubic order on which there is a large tympanum. All this façade is what links the building with the neighboring canal.

However, access is not from a central staircase,rather, the entire portico is raised on a platform with several openings, and the ascent is made by two ramps of stairs on the sides in two sections.

And another element that powerfully draws attention when contemplating the façade are the four cylindrical chimneys that rise above the roof.

As for the interior, Andrea Palladio made everything tidy from a large central room on the main floor. Something like a great Greek cross, in whose arms four rooms and cabinets open. By the way, some rooms where several frescoes by Giovanni Battista Zelotti made from 1566 with mythological themes are preserved.

As a curiosity, say that characters from different European monarchies from France, Poland or Denmark have stayed in this town throughout history, and more recently the current Queen Elizabeth II of England. And also as a curiosity, the villa is currently in the hands of the same Foscari Widmann Rezzonico family, who recovered it in 1974, since before that it had been owned by various owners.

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