In addition to keeping up with my teacup a day lockdown project, I’m also continuing to sketch my way through Palladio’s villas.
This has been a Mon-Fri project and on some occasions I’ve done more than one sketch for a particular villa. I’ve really been enjoying doing a little Palladio sketching again even though some days I haven’t had a lot of time. And I’ve been trying to mix up a few different techniques.
PV16: Villa Pisani (Part 2)
The first sketch of this villa was the street view (see it at the end of this collection) but I wanted to sketch the garden facade as well. My notes below state that I was trying to see how many lines I could omit! 🙂
PV17: Barchesse di Villa Trissino
One of the really fun parts of this project has been getting to know Palladio’s lesser known works including incomplete projects. Most of his villas were working farms (not luxury palaces) and they included barchesse – stables/outbuildings for housing animals, supplies, stores etc. Many of the villa designs included barchesse but they were never built. For Villa Trissino only the barchesse was built. I was surprised when I did some research that this was part of a huge project…
PV19: Villa Badoer
I recently realised that 20 years ago (back in 2001) I did a number of sketches of Palladio’s villas. In fact, I did start working my way through them. And I remember clearly sketching Villa Badoer as it was my favourite at the time.
(Aside: Maybe I should scan this book and do an article on my early Palladio drawings.)
PV19: Villa Barbaro (Villa di Maser)
This is another villa with a full barchessa and one that I know very well as it was included on the Palladian Odyssey tours. I did this much of the sketch (paint first then line) and decided to pause. I wasn’t sure whether to finish it or not.
BTW some of my villa sketches have not been positioned totally level on the page. In real life it doesn’t bother me, but I do notice it much more on a scan. Oh! well, these are the types of ‘errors’ that I learn to live with in my sketchbook – particuarly as all of these sketches are done in under 20 minutes. However, I am going to make more of a concerted effort to get my villas straighter from now on!
PV20: Villa Foscari
Palladio’s most monumental villa and one that I would love to sketch in real life. When I was last in Italy (in 2019) I did discuss with Monica (local art historian and dear friend) visiting it in 2020.
PV21: Villa Porto
A lesser-known villa with modifications by others… but one that was fun to sketch.
I remembered to scan the sketch at an early stage so you can see the first few steps – a few pencil lines, paint (wall colour and shadows) and then drawing. I think that was the order… but never quite sure as I mix it up frequently.
PV22: Villa Zeno
It appears that this villa, which has been in a terrible run-down condition for years – has recently been renovated. But I decided to do an older version of it.
So there you have it… some more Palladian Villas! Which is your favourite of this collection?
There are 31 villas on my list so I’m on the home straight now, however, I’m slowing down my pace a little. It’s been a wonderful project to work on during this lockdown as the sketches are not too hard (for me) and if I want to, I can easily do a little research by looking up some of my books on Palladio. Mike Botton suggested that I move on to his Palazzos once I complete the villas… so there is plenty to keep me going for a while!