Palaces in Vicenza
by Andrea PALLADIO

In 1548 Palladio received his first public commission from the town of Vicenza: the reconstruction of the original loggia surrounding the medieval town hall (the loggia of the Palazzo della Ragione, also known as the Basilica. This commission firmly established his reputation in Vicenza.

About 1550, the Palazzo Iseppo Porto (also called Palazzo da Porto Festa) was commissioned by the noble Iseppo da Porto, a patron of Palladio and Veronese. The building had a rather long designing stage and a longer and troublesome realization, partially unfinished. Also begun by Palladio c. 1550 was the Palazzo Chiericati (completed c. 1680), which has motifs echoing villa architecture.

In 1565 Palladio was commissioned by the Valmarana family to design the Palazzo Valmarana (now Palazzo Braga) in Vicenza; it was built in several phases and completed in 1571, although only a part of Palladio's planned project was executed.

Although Palladio settled in Venice in 1570, becoming Jacopo Sansovino's unofficial successor as municipal architect, he continued to build in Vicenza. At the beginning of the 1570s, commissioned by the Venetian government, he built the official seat of the Venetian military, the Loggia del Capitaniato, in the Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza, opposite his earlier Basilica. A tendency towards increasing simplicity is evident in Palladio's design for the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto (1570-75). His design for the Teatro Olimpico (1580) in Vicenza, a reconstruction of ancient theatre types, is a statement of artistic identity inspired by humanism.

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Exterior view
1570-75
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Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Vicenza


Exterior view
1570-75
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Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Vicenza


Interior view
1570-75
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Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Vicenza


Interior view
1570-75
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Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Vicenza


Exterior view
1549
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Basilica, Vicenza


Exterior view
1549
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Basilica, Vicenza


Exterior view
1549
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Basilica, Vicenza


Exterior view
1549
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Basilica, Vicenza


Exterior view
1549
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Basilica, Vicenza


Exterior view
1571-72
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Palazzo del Capitaniato, Vicenza


Exterior view
1571-72
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Palazzo del Capitaniato, Vicenza


Exterior view
1571-72
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Palazzo del Capitaniato, Vicenza


Exterior view
1552
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Palazzo Iseppo Porto, Vicenza


Exterior view
1552
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Palazzo Iseppo Porto, Vicenza


Exterior view
1552
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Palazzo Iseppo Porto, Vicenza


Palazzo Iseppo Porto: Plan and section
1552
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Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris


Exterior view
begun 1550
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Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza


Exterior view
begun 1550
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Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza


Exterior view
1565-71
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Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza


Exterior view
1565-71
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Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza


Exterior view
1565-71
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Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza


Interior view
1565-71
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Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza



Works by Palladio
Churches in Venice
Palaces in Vicenza
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