Vicenza (1)

I started my Palladian tour at the Palazzo Porto, an incomplete project, two bays only, designed for Alessandro Porto in 1571:-

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Then, the Palazzo Valmarana, 1565, for Isabella Nogarola Valmarana:-

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The Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, designed in 1569 for Montano Barbarano, a man ‘of belles lettres and an excellent musician’, and now the Museo Palladio (models of other projects):-

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The Teatro Olimpico, Palladio’s last great work (he died in August 1580 just after completing the design) and built during the 1580s for the Accademia Olimpica and with stage scenery by Scamozzi. It opened on 3 March 1585 with a performance of Oedipus Rex and is, to an extent, the inspiration for David Chipperfield’s Lecture Theatre in Burlington Gardens (he believes Pennethorne’s design is based on it, but his is closer):-

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