Frescoes in the Villa Caldogno (1565-70)
by Giovanni Antonio FASOLO

The Villa Caldogno is the result of one of Palladio's early projects. Its construction began in 1542. The construction of the building and the decoration of the interiors extended over a long period of time, brought to completion only in 1570. The fresco decoration was completed by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo and Giovanni Battista Zelotti.

The fresco decoration transfigures the interior spaces into a sumptuous architectural stage set. It unfolds in the loggia, the Central Hall, and two rooms on the left. The frescoes in the loggia and the Central Hall are the work of Fasolo, whereas the other two rooms, the Room of Scipio and the Room of Sofonisba, were decorated by Zelotti, with some contributions by Fasolo.

The walls of the Central Hall are decorated with four scenes dedicated to villa life, separated by monochrome figures of giants standing on marble cubes. These giants support the frieze, where putti and heads of the Caesars appear. The four scenes are The Card Game and The Invitation to Dance to the right; The Concert and The Banquet to the left.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
View of the Central Hall
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1215*800
True Color
141 Kb



View of the left wall
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1460*800
True Color
195 Kb



View of the right wall
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1432*800
True Color
193 Kb



The Concert
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1372*900
True Color
207 Kb



The Concert (detail)
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

900*1205
True Color
222 Kb



The Banquet
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1300*932
True Color
209 Kb



The Banquet (detail)
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

900*1082
True Color
227 Kb



The Card Game
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1300*855
True Color
182 Kb



The Invitation to Dance
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

1000*1210
True Color
184 Kb



The Invitation to Dance
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

928*1200
True Color
174 Kb



The Invitation to Dance (detail)
1565-70
Fresco
Villa Caldogno, Caldogno

900*1211
True Color
206 Kb



Portrait of a Nobleman in Military Dress
1560s
Fresco
Villa Sesso Schiavo, Sandrigo

1000*1207
True Color
248 Kb




Paintings by Giovanni Antonio FASOLO
Frescoes in the Villa Da Porto Colleoni (c. 1565)
Frescoes in the Villa Caldogno (1565-70)