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Villa Foscari

Listed under Urban in Venice, Italy.

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An inspired and stunningly beautiful work of Palladio, is better known as La Malcontenta. A nickname it received when the spouse of one of the Foscari brothers (who commissioned it) was locked up in the house because she apparently wasn"t performing in the bedroom! The Foscaris being one of the most powerful families of the city, the residence was provided with near regal features, unlike all other villas by Palladio. The villa rises on a high basement that separates the first or 'noble' floor from the damp ground, augmenting the magnificence of the building that is lifted up as though on a podium, like an ancient temple. The villa shows Palladio"s ability to achieve monumental effects from poor materials.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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