If I shut my eyes and think about my favourite corners, at the top position is Villa Roberti in Brugine.
The Villa Roberti: the Palace all Painted Outside and the Inside Part
Villa Roberti is testimony of the origins and of the splendor of the pictorial and architectural Venetian Renaissance.
Around 1544, Girolamo Roberti, a canonical and member of one of the most influential Paduan families for the prestige of the diplomatic tasks and for the wealth due to the activity as bankers, commissioned the edification of the Villa to the architect Andrea Valle, peer to Palladio and to Falconetto.
Built over the foundations of the medieval Maccaruffo castle, we can still admire the remaining Tower. Andrea da Valle delivered the Villa to the Roberti family in 1553: the palace was fully frescoed both inside and outside with paintings by Zelotti and Veronese.
The Frescoes of the Renaissance.
The fresco paintings are among the first works accomplished by a team of painters (Zelotti, Fasolo, Veronese, Canera, India), who in the years ahead would fresco public buildings (such as the ceiling of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice) and many mainland villas (among which stand Villa Emo in Fanzolo and Villa Barbaro in Maser).
In Villa Roberti you can find the first examples of decorative and stylistic solutions by the team of painters, which will be employed in their subsequent works.
The Roberti family, depicted in two scenes in the lodge, welcomes the visitor who enters the sumptuous main floor salon, stepping in through the vestibule with its Grotesque and Landscape scenes (the Lagoon and the Euganean Hills). In the main Noble Salon, the search for a spatial equilibrium harmoniously blends with the colors and shapes of the figures painted in the upper doors and the eight large panels in the walls, depicting mythological scenes of the love between gods and mortals, taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
The figures of the Giants and of the Virtues frescoed in the upper doors and the episode of Venus and Adonis in the wall are reason of interest for their intensity. The wooden beams of the ceiling painted according to the Sansovinian style complete the decoration.
Upstairs is the Studiolo called of the ‘Sacred and Profane Love’, and other rooms in which a pattern of mock tapestry is painted, in imitation of a brocaded damask, in gold and silver colors. This is the first example of painted fabrics that Paolo Veronese would repeat in his following paintings, starting from the figures of the Justice Soranza dating 1552 and which confirms the continuity of his decorative forms.
That’s where I feel well and recharge.
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