Design for Palazzo Vamlarana, Vicenza
Andrea Palladio (c.1566)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection
Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza
Andrea Palladio (c.1565), Photography by Fratelli Alinari
RIBA Library Photographs Collection
This drawing is a very interesting example of Palladio's design for the elevation of the façade and internal courtyard of the Palazzo Valmarana in Vicenza. The palazzo was completed around 1565. It was probably commissioned by Giovani' Alvise Valmarana, who had supported Palladio's work on the Basilica in Vicenza.
This drawing dates from the late 1560s a little time after the palazzo was built. The image on the front of the sheet, shown on the left here, is probably a preparation plate for I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura, rather than a design drawing. However, the frieze at the top of the Giant order of columns was not included on the final plate nor was it executed on the building.
The Palazzo Valmarana is interesting as it demonstrates Palladio's first use of the Giant order running up the entire façade of a palazzo. He had used this detail elsewhere in monumental buildings such as the church of San Francesco della Vigna in Venice. However, its use here represents a new idea in urban palazzo design.