Andrea Palladio e la Villa Veneta
Da Petrarca a Carlo Scarpa

Vicenza, palazzo Barbarano. 5 March - 5 July 2005

Seven centuries of civilisation to be rediscovered

Palladio and Veneto Villas are familiar words, but not everyone knows that a villa was a real industrial venture and that a project of Palladio's could be compared to modern town planning development. There are many interesting things to learn about life in a villa: for example, did you know that a villa was like a bank? And did you know that Palladio’s idea for a villa with a large font porch was born from a misunderstanding, because he took what was really a temple for a villa.

Francesco Beccaruzzi (attr.), Scena di caccia, particolare (Scozia, Collezione Hopetoun House)
Frammento di affresco con ville da Pompei, I sec. d.C. (Napoli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale)
Modello di villa della Lorena, I-III sec. (Thionville, Musée de la Tour aux Puces)
Modello di villa Emo, arch. Andrea Palladio (Vicenza, CISA Andrea Palladio)

A truly unique art exhibition

A fascinating trip through 300 works of art, from more than fifty museums worldwide: there are paintings by Veronese, Tiziano, Guercino and Jacopo Bassano as well as drawings by Raffaello, Giulio Romano, Peruzzi, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Palladio. You will discover ancient Roman mosaics, small bronze statues and frescos, besides Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, engravings, maps and rare books.

Architectural models, both the original ones and some specially made for this exhibition, will help you to understand the structure and function of each part of a villa.

Benedetto Caliari, Villa su un corso d’acqua (Bergamo, Accademia Carrara)
Vincenzo Campi, Il sanmartino (Cremona, Museo Civivo Ala Ponzone)
Ludovico Pozzoserrato, Ritratto di gentiluomo con gabbia (Treviso, Museo Civico “Luigi Bailo”)
Bernardino Luini, Ebbrezza di Noè, particolare, (Milano, Pinacoteca di Brera)

The villa, landscape, life and work

Forgotten pictures of life and work in the villa are brought to life, perceived through the eyes of the landlords, with their ideals, activities and hobbies, and those of the farmers depicted in curious religious folk paintings in the act of falling from haylofts or injuring themselves when labouring in the fields.

Leandro Bassano, La Torre di Babele (Londra, The National Gallery)
D. Campagnola, La preparazione della seta grezza (Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi)
Ex-voto, XVII-XIX sec. (Lonigo, Santuario della Madonna dei Miracoli)

A tale of art and architecture

The ancient Roman world gave birth to a “villa culture”, which re-appeared centuries later as a literary ideal with Francesco Petrarca and took architectural shape in the Florence of Lorenzo il Magnifico,. Later in Rome, Bramante and Raffaello experimented new forms. But it was Palladio who invented the modern villa. He united structural, functional and aesthetic requirements, to create splendid places for living and work. The Palladian villas were copied again and again for centuries in the Veneto, from eighteenth century country palaces to small Liberty town houses, and today they inspire the work of Carlo Scarpa.

Giusto Utens, Villa Medici a Poggio a Caiano (Firenze, Museo storico topografico “Firenze com’era”)
Giovanni Domenico Caresana (?), Veduta della villa “il Museo” di Paolo Giovio (Como, Pinacoteca Civica)
Tiziano, Madonna con Bambino (Bergamo, Accademia Carrara)
Paolo Veronese, Minerva fra la Geometria e l’Aritmetica, affresco staccato da villa Soranza (Venezia, Regione del Veneto)