Thursday, 17 October 2013

Torreglia

A beautiful villa in the Paduan province.
Villa dei Vescovi in Luvigliano di Torreglia is the most important pre-Palladian country house of the Renaissance. Built between 1535 and 1542 on an embankment of the Euganean hills as a holiday home for the bishop of Padua. The villa was designed by the Veronese painter and architect Giovanni Maria Falconetto, under the direction of Alvise Cornaro, an erudite Venetian. The piano nobile is enriched by a cycle of frescos on which the Flemish painter Lambert Sustris started work in 1542, many of which faithfully evoke the sublime surrounding landscape. A place that stimulates contemplation, reflection and meditation (entrance must be paid).
 

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