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Villa Barbaro-astrologia-veroneseThe ceiling in the Hall of Olympus at Villa Barbaro, Italy

painted by Paolo Caliari (Veronese) – 1528-2588

Villa Barbaro, also known as the Villa di Maser, is a large villa at Maser in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It was designed and built by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio, with frescos by Paolo Veronese and sculptures by Alessandro Vittoria for Daniele Barbaro, Patriarch of Aquileia and ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I of England, and his brother Marcantonio an ambassador to King Charles IX of France.

In 1996 UNESCO declared the villa to be part of a World Heritage Site, “City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto” which includes more than twenty villas. It is open to the public.

On the ceiling in the Hall of Olympus Veronese illustrated the Divine Wisdom surrounded by planetary gods with the related zodiac signs. In teh corners are the personifications of the 4 elements: Juno – Air, Vulcan – Fire, Cybele – Earth and Neptune – Water. In the cameos are depicted Love, Fertility, Abundance and Luck.

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