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Cherat Villa Forni: photos, description (Villa Forni Cerato)

Villa Forni Cherat in the town of Montecchio Precalcino in the province of Vicenza was probably built by Andrea Palladio for Girolamo Forni, a wealthy merchant who supplied building materials for many projects of the architect. Despite the fact that the building is somewhat different from the other works of Palladio, it is still attributed to this architect on the basis of stylistic commonality.

Villa Forni Cherat was built in 1540 on the site of another building which was not demolished and has been modified. A double name - Forni Cherat was given to her in 1610, the year when bequest Girolamo Forni, the building passed into the ownership of Giuseppe, Girolamo and Baldissera Cherat.

The dominant feature of the front facade of the Villa is the loggia. Like the Villa godi, here a flight of stairs goes up to the base of the building and leads to the loggia with a Palladian - like Windows serliana, which stretches across the width of the loggia. The Central axis will be clearer than at the Villa godi, partly because of the location of the Windows. But not just because of Villa Forni Cherat is considered a definite breakthrough in the work of Palladio - it is here on the facade for the first time clearly revealed the border between the floors. Three floors - basement, piano Nobile and mezzanine. Double sill runs along cerliani and organically enter the loggia in the structure of the building. In addition, he serves as upper and lower extremity of the two balustrades which are placed between the outer pilasters of cerliani.

The Villa Forni Cherat not changed substantially, except for his back, which once also had a number of Palladian Windows, later replaced with a balcony. However, the outlines of this cerliani are still visible today. On the reliefs on the façade, removed in 1924 year, resembles a copper engraving by Marco Moro, but they probably were not elements of the original building. The current reliefs depicting river gods, are copies of the 20th century. The same applies to the family coat of arms on the pediment. Today, the only authentic sculptural decoration is the mask over the round arch, the creation of which is attributed to Alessandro Vittoria.

Despite the fact that the Villa Forni Cherat is in poor condition, since 1996, the year it was included in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.