Villa Pisani was designed by Andrea Palladio about 1552, for Cardinal Francesco Pisani. Pisani was also a patron of the painters Paolo Veronese and Giambattista Maganza and the sculptor Alessandro Vittoria, who provided sculptures of the Four Seasons for the villa, which is in fact provided with fireplaces to dispel winter chill.

Construction of the villa was under way by 1553, and it was completed in 1555. The central block is an uncompromising rectangle, with a pedimented tetrastyle portico, Ionic over Doric, that has been sunk into its wall-plane so that the columns are embedded half-columns. On the garden front, the similar structure instead forms a screen across the fronts of a recessed portico surmounted by a loggia, which become in single recessed central feature. The Doric frieze runs uninterrupted round the building, further binding all elements together. There are no surviving autograph drawings related to this project. However, Palladio published a version of the building in his I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura. The woodcut shows an idealized, amplified form of the villa, in which the central block is flanked by arched gateway structures that end in tall, three-storey tower-like pavilions.

In 1996 UNESCO included the Villa Pisani in the World Heritage Site 'City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto'. The villa continues to be in private ownership.



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Founded: 1553-1555
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Roberto Righi (12 months ago)
Palladio's only permanently inhabited villa entirely furnished with furniture from the 1800s, the visit is made even more interesting thanks to the owner's exquisite hospitality and his precious historical-artistic insights. Unmissable stage in Montagnana.
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Mirco Mara (19 months ago)
We visited this Palladian villa during a day of FAI, normally the villa is closed to the public The Pisans were powerful and influential Venetian patricians. The shipyard is certainly active during September 1553 and is concluded in 1555, including plastic decoration. Andrea Palladio assiduously followed the construction site being a great friend of the Pisans, staying there for long periods, guest of the same clients, when the work was completed. Although there are no autographed drawings of the Palace, it is possible to affirm that the table with the description of the villa of the Four Books of Architecture (1570) is the result of a later extension of the realized invention. The two lateral wings originally planned were therefore never built The building is both a city palace and a suburban residence, devoid of parts intended for agricultural functions. Of abstract beauty in the almost cubic volume, villa Pisani well reflects the owner's sophisticated taste. For the first time, a double order of half-columns and a double loggia crowned with a tympanum appear in a villa, a solution already encountered in Palazzo Chiericati. The whole is surrounded by an uninterrupted and elegant Doric frieze on a texture of white plaster with graffiti bosses, which divides the ground floor from the upper one. On the front towards the garden, the two-dimensionality of the wall moves in the plastic excavation of the porch and the upper loggia. The material used is brick also for the construction of the columns. Rare case in Palladian production, the villa has two floors: the upper one with the main apartments, the lower one for everyday life, when dealing with business and receiving tenants, and not only in summer as the numerous fireplaces. The two levels present the same articulation of the internal spaces. There are several ceilings, which are vaulted on the ground floor, starting from the extraordinary semi-columned environment, a middle ground between the atrium and the hall, clearly the most important environment of the house with sculptures from the Four Seasons by Alessandro Vittoria, who was engaged just before in the Palladian Palazzo Thiene. The vertical connections are ensured by oval spiral staircases placed symmetrically on the sides of the loggia towards the garden. (source Wikipedia)
Emilio Pagiaro (2 years ago)
Another masterpiece by Palladio: the grandeur of the central hall clearly enhances the role of the client. Home, work, business these are the pillars on which the construction philosophy rests. Absolutely to visit. The fantastic owner "connoisseur of history" will take you, centuries after century, through the highlights of the villa.
mies Harleman (2 years ago)
Not the villa pisani, but a villa for pisani. Needs some love and paint
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