Week Ten: Palladio and the Poetic Image
Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, 1549-58.
The concept of the villa, as seen, for instance, in Palladio’s Villa Barbaro above, typifies a widespread attitude toward nature during the sixteenth century. In a work such as this the move to life in the country was not seen as an existence complimentary to that in the city, but simply as a better version of it. Simplified and unchallenged by social expectations and situations, the envisioned emancipated state of living in the countryside attempted to create what the city had done, yet to do so in what was deemed to be an ideal manner.
After choosing a villa by Palladio that is presented in his The Four Books on Architecture, please read his account of it as well as those by other scholars and discuss on what significant levels the building speaks to its natural environment. Kindly choose a villa that has not been mentioned by a previous blogger.