|Villa Barbaro in Maser|
|Room of the Little Dog|
|Veronese fresco at Villa Barbaro|
The Barbaro brothers were international representatives of Venice. Daniele, the older brother, was a diplomat and scholar; he translated and commented on Vitruvius, and was prominent in the Church, achieving the rank of Cardinal. Marcantonio was Venice's ambassador to France, Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire, and also used his position as a powerful Senator to influence public architecture.
|Veronese ceiling fresco|
|Veronese fresco at Villa Barbaro, Maser|
The first conversation was Paolo Veronese - The Triumph of Light with Irina Artemieva of The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Giuseppe Pavanello of the University of Trieste, and Denis Ton, of the Museum of Belluno, and it took place inside the villa with fantastic images by Veronese dancing all around us.
Elaborate frescoes depicting gods, time, justice, fame and fortune dazzled the senses. Frescoed people peered down upon real people from the ceiling: frescoed figures opened frescoed doors painted on real walls that led to whatever one could dream of lying beyond.
|Diamante Luling Buschetti (in turquoise)|
|Inside Villa Barbaro|
|Nymphaeum at Villa Barbero|
In other words, there was a spring. Next to the spring was a cave. The cave, or grotto, became a shrine to the particular nymph who protected the spring.
|Grotto inside the Nymphaeum at Villa Barbero - Photo: Cat Bauer|
|The Little Dog at Villa Barbaro|
More synchronicity: after the lecture, I ran into a friend from Treviso, who drove me straight to the station, and got back to Venice in about an hour.
Villa di Maser, Villa Barbaro, is a Unesco World Heritage site, and is open to the public. Check the website for more information.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog