The Palazzo Thiene and the Villa Thiene

Villa Thiene

 

 

Villa Thiene

Villathiene Enlarge image

Villa Thiene, plate in the Quattro Libri
Andrea Palladio (Venice, 1570)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

Villa Thiene detail

Villathiene Enlarge image

Detail of the drawing of the Villa Thiene
Andrea Palladio (c.1545-6)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

 

This tiny sketch in the middle of sheet XIV/4 is almost obscured by the details of capitals from Roman antiquities that surround it. The sketch has been identified as a plan for the Villa Thiene at Quinto which, like the Palazzo Thiene, was commissioned by the brothers Marc'Antonio and Adriano.

Like the palazzo, this project was also started by Guilio Romano, again around 1542, and later altered and added to by Palladio. Construction on the villa petered out when Adriano had to flee Vicenza to France to avoid persecution for heresy in 1547; it ceased altogether in 1550 after his death.

The Thiene familiy was one of the most wealthy and powerful in Vicenza and held much land in the surrounding countryside. This villa was built in the centre of their two farms. Around 1740 Francesco Muttoni, one of Palladio's biographers, attempted to complete the villa, adding new rooms and a much altered south façade.