round 1530 Giangiorgio Trissino
dal Vello d'Oro began the complete renewing
of a gotic building located at Cricoli, a suburban area of Vicenza, to transform it in an
Refined man of letters and keen on classic architecture, Trissino directly partecipated
drawing the project
, also dictating the latin and greek
inscriptions (no more readable) which decorated the rooms. The result was a villa
perfectly reflecting the ideals, the personality and the culture of the owner.
So the architectonic solutions and the decoration show the great admiration of Trissino
for Rome, where he was for a while. He was fascinated by the traces of the ancient
civilisation and by the classic purity of Renaissance architecture.
For this, villa Cricoli façade - perfectly simmetrical and with refined polycromy
- appear as a rielaboration of Raffaello's villa Madama,
with two quadrangular towers that enclose the elegant central front. In this house, so
imbued with classicism and humanistic culture, there was the site of Accademia Ocriculana
(or Trissiniana) attended by the most important exponents of the cultural life of Vicenza.
But the villa Cricoli's fame is ascribed to a famous fact, as tradition tells: during the
renewing of the villa (made with a lot of workers) there was the "historical"
meeting between Trissino and Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, stone-cutter in the
Pedemuro's workshop. Some years later, Trissino nicknamed Andrea with a humanistic
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