Year of Palladio

Civic Architecture : Villa

Villa Emo

Villa Emo, built circa 1558, is one of the best examples of Palladio’s search for a new typology that incorporates “the practical necessities of agricultural life” into the vocabulary of classical architecture. The viewer can see that the Villa Emo is not supposed to be a lavish palace-villa, but rather a country home with a working farm. The design is pure and well-balanced — favoring simplicity over superfluous detail — clearly reflecting the villa’s intended purpose as a working farm. (Beltramini, p. 173)

Additional Reading

Andrea Palladio by Stephen R. Wassell

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