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Notes on the Geography of Italy: Vicenza: Villa Rotonda: Photo 6

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Here's the northwest facade, the one you see as you approach the building. The statues on the parapets, here as on the other facades, are by Lorenzo Rubini, and were placed before 1578; those up high on the acroteria came later, in 1606, and were by Giovanni Battista Albanese.

Goethe (yes, that Goethe) came by in September, 1786, and noted that the porticoes and stairs covered more square feet than the house proper. He was impressed but realized that the villa was more a space than a house.

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