Venetian Villas: Villa Barbaro Maser
A great treasure of architecture totally on hand just to be catched
Villa Barbaro Maser is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, projected by Palladio and described in his “The Four Books on Architecture”, the work that made him famous all over the world.
This Villa is different from the others because of its first owners, the Barbaro brothers. Daniele Barbaro was a very cultured architect, who studied the Vitruvian Man’s Proportions and the Golden Ratio together with Palladio in Rome. His brother Marcantonio Barbaro was a sculptor and an amateur architect.
Villa Barbaro Volpi at the village Maser near Treviso is from the 16th century and it has been projected as an artistic and intellectual site, besides the propensity to agriculture. Not by chance master Paolo Veronese splendidly decorated the house. At the end, it seems that the famous painter, the architect and the customers clashed because of different points of view.
I think Palladio built this Villa following clear and precise structural ideas, based on regular mathematical rules, while Veronese decided to break those rules by widely using the perspective in his paintings (like the representation of vine that seems touching the sky). The Barbaro brothers are well represented in the regularity of the frescoes and the black and white statues, that suddenly on the ceiling explode with a lot of colours: gods loose their divine aspects and become paintings representing the house owners. Thanks to this mix of real and fantastic landscapes, the villa is very deceptive, an illusory place.
At Villa Barbaro Maser you can taste some precious wine. Another interesting attraction for slow-tour-lovers is the collection of carriages. You won’t be impressed to discover that the present owners still live here and they take care personaly of the welcome with passion. They feel the honour and the responsibility to preserve such a heritage.
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