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.



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


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


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


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


Muse with Tambourine
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Muse with Lyre
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Woman Musician
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Bacchus and Ceres
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Vulcan and Venus
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


Woman Musician
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Landscape
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


Nemesis
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


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


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


Fortune
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


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


Fortune
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


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


Landscape with Harbour
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


Ceiling decoration
1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser


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


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


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


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


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



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



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