TO VINCENZO SCAMOZZI.
Take a look at Giovanni's new book "Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616)" published on February 2014.
Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616) was one of the most famous architect in
Venetian architecture, though he will never escape from the shadow of
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). Scamozzi was the son of Giandomenico Scamozzi
(1526-82), who was a practitioner of good accomplishment. Thanks to
Scamozzi, many of the structures designed by Palladio but not completed
by the time of his death in 1580 were faithfully executed. Examples
include the Teatro Olimpico and La Rotonda at Vicenza. On finishing
the Teatro Olimpico he designed the famous perspective scenes. In 1615
Scamozzi collected his architectural theories in his treatise L'Idea
dell'Architettura Universale (The Idea of Universal Architecture). Scamozzi
died on August 1616 in Venice.
ROCCA PISANA. In 1576, Vettor Pisani chose a hill next to the village of Lonigo to
build a country house. He didnt call Andrea Palladio, who 20 years
earlier designed the Villa Pisani at Bagnolo but approved the design
of a young 28 years old architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi.
This villa, the Rocca Pisana, which stands out of the horizon splendid
and solitary, was built on the top of a gently rising hill. The exterior
it has a perfect square shape. The Rocca is different from any other
villa in the Veneto region. In fact it was not conceived or furnished
as a home to live in but rather as a country retreat for the idleness
of long afternoons and for relaxing in summer and autumn evenings. The
exterior is very like the Palladian style. Its dome and pronao with
ionic columns remind us of the Rotonda, but the quite unusual relationship
and layout of the internal rooms makes it a work of great originality.
The Rocca Pisana is the most unique, interesting and fascinating of
the Scamozzis villas, and the most well known, particularly because
it is similar to the Rotonda, but it differs from the Rotonda which
on the opposite has grandiose pronaos and is open to welcome the surrounding
countryside. Length of the Rocca, 24,70 meters.
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