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Villa Thiene: photo, description (Villa Thiene)

Villa Thiene is an aristocratic residence of the 16th century in the town of Quinto Vicentino in the province of Vicenza. Its name, Villa was named Thiene brothers, for which she was built. The current appearance of the building is the work of several architects one of whom was the great Andrea Palladio. Since 1996, the year the Villa is included in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO along with the Palazzo Thiene in Vicenza city centre, which also belonged to the brothers.

Probably Palladio with the construction of the Villa Thiene relied on the project of another architect, Giulio Romano, although the level of its influence here is not defined because Romano died in 1546, the year when construction work was in full swing. And in 1547, the year one of the Thiene brothers, Adriano, was forced to flee from Vicenza, and the erection of the building was suspended.

The Villa project is depicted in one of the architectural treatises by Palladio, published in 1570, the year. The plan shows two courtyards which were never built. I must say that in fact the courtyards were uncharacteristic of Palladian villas, however, there are in the Villa Serego, which remained unfinished.

In the plan of Palladio also shows that the current building was originally designed not as a dwelling house, and as one of the auxiliary wings. However, the presence of the inside frescoes of the 16th century suggests that, probably, already in the early stages of construction of the building's purpose has changed. The front and rear facades of the Villa in the 16th century was modified. And numerous holes were obviously made during the war years - to extract the metal used in the construction.

Facing to the garden facade of the Villa Thiene is credited to the architect of the 18th century Francesco Muttoni. The so-called Diocletian window in the pediment is a semicircular window divided into three parts by two vertical struts, and a Central portals cause some rejection, because in stark contrast to the Palladian architecture.