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Villa Emo In 1539 Leonardo Emo di Alvise inherited a portion of the family property in Fanzolo in Northern Italy from his uncle a Venetian patrician The land was acquired as part of an extensive effort by the Venetian nobility to develop the terra firma for agricultural use Leonardo was seven years old at the time so it was not until around 1559 that he engaged Andrea Palladio to design a new residential complex for the estate Villa Emo was built on a plain and was surrounded by cultivated fields As instructed Palladio designed an agriculturally functional estate Palladio emphasized about the usefulness of the layout in his villas Here Palladio points out that the grain stores and work areas of the villa are accommodated both to the left and right of the mansion house in the center and could be reached under cover sheltered from the sun and rain which was particularly important The mansion which is raised above ground level attains a commanding majesty in its simple forms The shadowy arch arrangements support a rhythm which leads from the outermost boundaries of the farming wings towards the mansion and receives its greatest intensification there So the farming wings and the mansion form homogeneous unity The columbaries receding dove-cotes which flank the farm wings form a vertical counter stress to the mansion and give the grounds a self-contained appearance It was also necessary for the Villa Emos size to correspond to the returns obtained by good management The building unusually long side wings is a visible symbol of their prosperity The outer appearance of the Villa Emo is marked by a simple treatment of the entire body of the building whose structure is determined by a geometrical rhythm The function of the mansion can already be recognized in that it is raised above ground level as are all of Palladios other villas A wide flight of steps leads up to the loggia
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