Macros Outside a Museum | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThis week, ring-tone shooters go eyeball-to-eyeball with their subjects as MACROS zoom in and occupy the space known as the Phoneographic Challenge.

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.

Macros Outside a Museum | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe 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.

To view more MACROS captured with handhelds by my fellow digital ringtone shooters, just click HERE.

If you occasionally shoot with a smartphone or tablet, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating Phoneography Challenge each and every Monday. For details, visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, let your phone be your lens.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

20 comments

  1. What a lovely article; I would have been a Palladio groupie 500 years ago and I love Vicenza and its buildings. And those wonderful photos…..what can I say? Palladio would have approved.

    1. I speak with him every night and we always end up squabbling over columns. I like Corinthians, but he prefers Doric and Ionic. We’re at a stalemate. I haven’t even broached the subject with him on his use of poor-man’s marble: covering brick with plaster, painting it white and getting away with it. Talk about low bidder!

      1. My favourite is Doric. I like the simplicity. I am planning to visit Villa Pisani at Montagnana this week. Waiting for a blue-sky day to take some photos. Not sure if I can get inside, but I’ll try.

      2. I stand corrected. Have fun in Montagnana, not just the villa but the wonderful medieval walled city, too. It’s been on my list for ages, but I have yet to explore. Maybe some day I’ll visit it with this friend I know who lives nearby in the Colli Euganei. 🙂

      3. A beautiful blue sky today. Heading to Montagnana to see Villa Pisani in an hour or so. Hope it’s open. If you’re in the area………..very short notice, I know. 🙂

  2. Each week we are privy to another set of images from your adopted hometown or another charming Italian city. I especially enjoy your discerning eye. The macros show the Italian touch of flowers that act like additional bursts of color on the street fronts. Happy Phoneography Monday.

      1. I was merely musing over the language and how you have made me see that the architecture was relevant for it’s time and could have engendered the same feelings we have when looking at buildings relevant to our current point in time … not so much judging Palladio… I am of course to ignorant to be making any judgement over it 🙂

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