Vincenzo Scamozzi

Born in Vicenza in 1548 and died in Venezia in 1616, he worked not only in Veneto (where often finished Palladio's buildings and villas) but though in other countries, overall in central Europe. He was one of the most expressive masters of the 600th venetian architecture, because of continuous attention to the town-planning problems and of the ability showned  in linking his villas with the landscape. His style, referring to the 500th classicism, contributed to limit the diffusion in Veneto of baroque decorative excess and introduced the neoclassic revival of  XVIII century. Scamozzi was also the autor of the treatise "L'idea dell'architettura universale" (The idea of universal architecture), printed in Venice in 1615. Among his masterpieces we remember: the ending of villa Rotonda, the realization of the Olympic Theatre scene with the roads of Tebe, the Rocca Pisana in Lonigo (where he made an evocative union between the villa and the landscape), villa Molin in Mandriola (Padova), villa Duodo in Monselice (Padova), villa Nani Mocenigo in Canda (Rovigo), the theatre of Sabbioneta (Mantova) and the plan for the Cathedral in Salzburg.


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