In this chapter we discuss one of the most incredible and marvelous works that the great architect Andrea Palladio, the Olympic Theater, has created.
The Olympic Theater, the first and oldest covered theater of the modern era, was the last work of Andrea Palladio who started it for the Olympic Academy, of which he was a member, at the end of February 1580, just a few months before he died. The realization of the theater, inside a pre-existing medieval complex, was commissioned mainly for the staging of classical comedies.
After the death of Andrea Palladio, the works were continued on the basis of his notes by his son Silla and ended around 1584. During this period, however, many problems arose to create prospective scene, which was planned from the beginning, but the architect didn’t leave a real project.
For this emergency was called another famous architect from Vicenza, Vincenzo Scamozzi, who designed some very impressive wooden scenes, above all for their perspective illusionism and their attention to details. These scenes, made of wood and plaster for temporary use, were never removed and, despite the dangers of fire and bombardments of the war, they miraculously preserved up to the present day, becoming unique witnesses of their time.
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