Frescoes in the Villa Barbaro, Maser (1560-61)
by Paolo VERONESE

Around 1560-61, Veronese was commissioned by Daniele Barbaro to provide the interior frescoes for Barbaro's Palladian villa in Maser. The construction of the villa to a design by Andrea Palladio was completed around 1558. The decoration reflects the taste of Daniele Barbaro, a cultured humanist, and his brother Marcantonio.

Veronese decorated six rooms in the 'piano nobile' (the main floor) of the villa, as well as one wall of the last room of the eastern suite of rooms. The piano nobile is laid out in the shape of a double "T", the decorated rooms are: the Sala dell'Olimpo, the Sala a Crociera, the Stanza dell'Amore Coniugale, the Stanza di Bacco, the Stanza del Cane, the Stanza della Lucerna. The spacious Sala a Crociera (Cross-Shaped Room) connects the front and the two rooms to the south (the Stanza dell'Amore Coniugale and the Stanza di Bacco) with the large square room (the Sala dell'Olimpo) that opens onto the internal garden to the north. At the sides of the Sala dell'Olimpo are located the rooms facing onto the courtyard (the Stanza del Cane and the Stanza della Lucerna).

The frescoed scenes in the six rooms are supported and framed respectively by a system of decoration that, along with the white stuccoed molding of the door frames and fireplace, is not insignificant in determining the overall impression of the space. Floor to ceiling marble columns or pilasters subdivide the walls in all the rooms. In between, beyond low parapets, one catches sight of far-off landscapes seen from high vantage points that compete with the views from the villa's windows.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 14 minutes):
George Frideric Handel: Concerto for harp, lute and theorbo in B flat major


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Illusory Door
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1012*1200
True Color
202 Kb



Girl in the Doorway
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1158
True Color
181 Kb



Girl in the Doorway (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

950*1156
True Color
239 Kb



Francesco Barbaro Leaning out of a Door
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

903*1100
True Color
214 Kb



Muse with Tambourine
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

800*1367
True Color
183 Kb



Muse with Lyre
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

800*1382
True Color
197 Kb



Woman Musician
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

900*1348
True Color
186 Kb



View of the Sala a Crociera
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1673*1100
True Color
221 Kb



View into the Cruciform Sala a Crociera
1560-61
Frescoes and plaster decoration
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1457*900
True Color
214 Kb



View of the Sala a Crociera
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1032*1279
True Color
196 Kb



Ceiling of the Sala dell'Olimpo
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

900*1010
True Color
172 Kb



Ceiling of the Sala dell'Olimpo
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1226
True Color
220 Kb



Sala dell'Olimpo
1560-61
Frescoes and plaster decoration
Villa Barbaro, Maser

950*1112
True Color
200 Kb



Figures behind the Parapet
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1100*939
True Color
179 Kb



Figures behind the Parapet
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1400*825
True Color
202 Kb



Portrait of a Woman
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1308
True Color
232 Kb



Portrait of Daniele Barbaro
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1252
True Color
207 Kb



Portrait of Almorò Barbaro
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1207
True Color
224 Kb



Bacchus and Ceres
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1350*850
True Color
188 Kb



Vulcan and Venus
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1437*850
True Color
192 Kb



View from the Sala dell'Olimpo, facing south
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

900*1236
True Color
170 Kb



View from the Sala dell'Olimpo, facing east
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

900*1249
True Color
185 Kb



Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

950*1400
True Color
221 Kb



Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1001*1200
True Color
242 Kb



Bacchus, Vertumnus and Saturn
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1300*1112
True Color
253 Kb



Bacchus, Vertumnus and Saturn (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

900*1218
True Color
186 Kb



Woman Musician
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1361
True Color
196 Kb



Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

754*1500
True Color
180 Kb



Landscape with Villa and Carriages (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

770*1300
True Color
190 Kb



Nemesis
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1279*800
True Color
174 Kb



Prudence and Manly Virtue
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1288*800
True Color
179 Kb



Ceiling in the Stanza del Lucerna
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

908*1200
True Color
220 Kb



Mortal Man Guided to Divine Eternity
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

850*1063
True Color
190 Kb



The Holy Family (Madonna della pappa)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1096*1000
True Color
173 Kb



Fortune
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1000*1458
True Color
240 Kb



Saturn (Time) and Historia
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1303*900
True Color
190 Kb



Fate Crowning a Sleeping Man
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1065*700
True Color
119 Kb



Chance Crowning a Sleeping Man
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1290*900
True Color
165 Kb



Fortune
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

850*1027
True Color
181 Kb



Holy Family with St Catherine and the Infant St John
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1200*961
True Color
191 Kb



End wall of the Stanza del Cane
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

951*1400
True Color
207 Kb



End wall of the Stanza del Cane
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

850*1101
True Color
193 Kb



Landscape with Harbour
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

950*1058
True Color
199 Kb



Ceiling decoration
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1519*900
True Color
258 Kb



Hyman, Juno, and Venus
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1135*1000
True Color
187 Kb



Ceiling decoration (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

895*1325
True Color
212 Kb



Ceiling decoration (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

930*1355
True Color
233 Kb



Nobleman in Hunting Attire
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

854*1100
True Color
179 Kb



Nobleman in Hunting Attire (detail)
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

1011*1200
True Color
218 Kb




Summary of paintings by Paolo Veronese
Religious themes
1540s | 1550s | 1560s | 1570s | 1580s
San Sebastiano | Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary
Great decorations
Banquet scenes | Villa Barbaro | Palazzo Ducale | Biblioteca Marciana
Mythological and allegorical themes
Historical and Old Testament themes
Portraits