On my daily meanderings along the cobble within the centro storico (historic center) of my adopted hometown of Vicenza, I’m always looking around in amazement at all of the time-tested architecture that still occupies the space today.
For instance, the Palazzo Chiericati (Chiericati Palace), one of Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio’s early design projects within the city and, today, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ornate structure was built on a small patch of land surrounded on two sides by the rivers Retrone and Bacchiglione that flowed into and out of the city’s old port. It was on this spot that Girolomo Chiericati, a wealthly and influencial Vicentino, asked young Palladio to build him a country villa with an urban appeal, in bright white adorned with tall columns and statues so that all could see.
Begun in 1550, Palazzo Chiericati wasn’t fully completed until 1584, after both the owner and Palladio left this world. In 1855 the palace became the historic home of the Civic Museum, and today houses all of the City of Vicenza’s artwork in the pinacoteca (gallery) — paintings, sculptures and applied arts from the 13th to 18th centuries — along with a numismatics room and a Palladian wing devoted entirely to the master’s design drawings and prints.
Currently closed while it undergoes yet another restoration, here are a few macros that I captured on my iPhone 5 outside the Palazzo Chiericati.
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