Year of Palladio

Civic Architecture : Private Building

Palazzo Chiericati (Museo Civico)

The Palazzo Chiericati, constructed between 1548 and 1557 is a masterpiece of the Palladian palaces. Its powerful façade imposes order on the public space around it and most likely based on Palladio’s studies of the public buildings of Roman antiquity. As Constant indicates, Palladio’s “transportation of the architectural themes from the public realm to the private domain and from a rural villa to an urban palace is characteristic of [his] radical investigation into the meanings behind architectural form.” (p. 50) In fact, the manner in which the Palazzo defines the market space is very similar to the mode in which he designed his villas, bringing the landscape into the domain of the building. (Constant, p. 51) The Palazzo Chiericati reveals Palladio’s ability to set aside formal precedents for an urban palace and to invent a solution based on the particular characteristics of the site, which were quite shallow. As Beltramini says, “[t]he Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati testify to Palladio’s definitive passage from the eclecticism of his early years to the full maturity of a language in which the stimuli and sources of both antique and contemporary architecture has been absorbed into his own characteristic system.” (Beltramini, p. 45)

Additional Reading

Andrea Palladio by Stephen R. Wassell

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