Art and history
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580)

Andrea Palladio

Palladio was born in Padua, and started work at a very young age as a stonemason in Vicenza, where Giangiorgio Trissino immediately saw his potential and guided his intellectual development.

Together, they made numerous trips to Rome, where Palladio was able to build on his studies in classical architecture.

He was able to create an architectural style where the language of beauty and proportion based on ancient forms was rendered rational and functional. Thus his villas, designed to be efficient working farms, were at the same time the prestigious homes to the noble families of the time.

He started by designing and building villas in the Vicenza area, which culminated in his brilliant project winning the tender to restructure the Basilica di Vicenza.

In Venice he built his most important religious works and in 1570 he published the famed “Quattro libri dell'Architettura” (The Four Books of Architecture), which spread his principles and models all over the world and laid many foundations for western architecture.

Alessandro Vittoria (1525-1608)

Alessandro Vittoria

The sculptor Alessandro Vittoria (1525-1608) was born in Trento but moved to Venice when he was still young to work as an apprentice in the atelier of architect-sculptor Jacopo Sansovino . He was privileged to be able to participate in the decorating of the Scala d'Oro in the Palazzo Ducale and produced the Cariatidi at the entrance to the Libreria Marciana.

He had close associations with the most important people of his day in Venice thanks to his ability as a portraitist, and was one of the main protagonists of the artistic life in the city with his stuccoes and his virtuoso works in marble and bronze.

He decorated the Cappella Grimani in San Sebastiano and sculpted the statue for the altar in the San Francesco della Vigna church.

He worked with Palladio to decorate Palazzo Thiene in Vicenza and Villa Pisani in Montagnana.

In Maser the original ideas for the stucco decoration and the realization of a large part of it are attributed to Vittoria.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)

Paolo Veronese

One of the great masters of the Venetian Renaissance, Paolo Caliari became known as Veronese and won over the Venetians with his use of colour, his ability to integrate architectural elements with human forms and his creative genius when creating new subjects.

This creativity nearly proved his undoing when he was hauled before the Inquisition, accused of including extraneous and indecorous details in his sacred depiction of the Last Supper.

Veronese explained that "we painters take the same liberties as poets and madmen" and rather than repaint the picture, he simply and pragmatically retitled it to the less sacramental the Feast in the House of Levi, by which it is known today.

He was summoned by the Republic of Venice to paint the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Palazzo Ducale and his canvasses today are found in the world’s most important museums.

In Maser, his genius was given full rein and he brilliantly interpreted the rhythms of the architectural spaces designed by Palladio, enriching them with fake architectural features and a myriad of real and allegorical characters.