Villa Barbaro

In this chapter we discuss one of the most beautiful and famous villas of the Marca Trevigiana, located in Maser, the marvelous Villa Barbaro.

Roses, wisteria and climbing breezes welcome the courtyard to one of the undisputed masterpieces of the architect Andrea Palladio, the Villa Barbaro. Located in the small town of Maser in the province of Treviso, Villa Barbaro is one of the most successful examples of Palladian villa. Around 1557, the artist designed this residence for the patrons Daniele and Marcantonio Barbaro, experts in architecture and classical art lovers, transforming the old medieval palace into a splendid country house in harmony with the study of the arts and intellectual contemplation.

Villa Barbaro

To achieve this ideal of perfection and beauty, the Barbarian undoubtedly chose one of the best in circulation, in fact Palladio had proved he had successfully succeeded in integrating Roman classicism with the functionality of the Venetian house-fondaco. In the central part we find four Ionic columns that support the decorated pediment and in the tympanum a huge eagle to represent the family crest and patriarchal dignity.

Villa Barbaro

Its interior is divided into two rooms because of the slope of the land, the ground floor, with the rather low ceiling, was used for agricultural purposes, and the elevated noble floor was the space dedicated to the owners, who from the back towards the hill , leads directly to access to the secret garden. In the various rooms, one can appreciate the works executed by the painter Paolo Veronese, considered one of the most extraordinary fresco cycles of the sixteenth century Veneto. The energy and the peculiarity of the illusionistic space that overlaps with that of Palladio have caused some hostility to fall between the architect and the painter, so much so that he was not even mentioned in the captions of the "Quattro Libri" table dedicated to the villa.

  • Info Villa Barbaro
    Place: Maser - Treviso
  • Address: via Cornuda 7
  • Phone: 0423 923004
  • Timetables: from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Closed: Monday
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