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Vincenzo Scamozzi

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Vincenzo Scamozzi

Vincenzo Scamozzi (September 2, 1548 - August 7, 1616) born in Vicenza, Italy, was an architect and a writer on architecture, active mainly in Vicenza and Venice area in the second half of the 16th century. He was perhaps the most important figure there between Andrea Palladio and Baldassarre Longhena, his one pupil.

His father was the surveyor and building contractor Gian Domenico Scamozzi. He visited Rome, 1579-1580, and then moved to Venice in 1581.

Scamozzi's influence spread far beyond his Italian commissions through his treatise, the last of the Renaissance works on the theory of architecture,L'Idea della Architettura Universale ("The Universal Idea of Architecture"), published with woodcut illustrations at Venice in 1615. Scamozzi also discussed practical building practices. Such treatises were becoming a vehicle for self-promotion, and Scamozzi included many of his own plans and elevations, as built, as they should have been built, and as idealized projects. Scamozzi knew the value of publicity distributed through the established channels of the book trade. His first book had been a quickly cobbled together illustrated commentary on the ruins of Rome,assembled in "the space of a few of days," according to his preface, and the woodcut images were stock productions that already existed. Over half were copied from a volume by Hieronymus Cock that appeared in the 1550s.

His major book came out too late to influence his own success; he died the following year.

Chronology of Works

(All in Italy)

  • 1568-1575: Villa of Girolamo Ferramosca, Barbano di Grisignano di Zocco (Province of Vicenza) (with Gian Domenico Scamozzi)
  • 1569: Palazzo Godi, Vicenza (project, altered during later execution)
  • 1572-1593: Palazzo Thiene-Bonin, Vicenza
  • 1574-1615: Villa of Leonardo Verlato, Villaverla (Vicenza)
  • 1575: Palazzo Caldogno, Vicenza
  • 1575-1578: Rocca Pisani (Vettor Pisani Villa), Lonigo (Vicenza)
  • 1576-1579: Trissino-Trento (Pierfranceso Trissino Palace), Vicenza (with Gian Domenico Scamozzi)
  • 1580: Villa of Francesco Priuli, Treville di Castelfranco Veneto (Province of Treviso) (north wing)
  • 1580-1584: Villa Nani Mocenigo, Canda (Province of Rovigo)
  • 1580-1592: Villa Capra la Rotonda, Vicenza (completed construction of Andrea Palladio's structure, and added stables)
  • 1581-1586: San Gaetano Thiene (church), Padua
  • 1581-1599: Procuratie Nuove, Piazza San Marco, Venice (continued with a different interior design by Francesco Smeraldi and completed in 1663 by Baldassare Longhena)
  • 1582: Palazzo Cividale, Vicenza [attributed]
  • 1582-1591: Library of St. Mark's Venice (completion of Jacopo Sansovino's design)
  • 1584-1585: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (remodeling of structure designed by Andrea Palladio, wooden scene)
  • 1587-1596: Library of St. Mark's, Venice (antisala)
  • 1588: Villa Cornaro, Poisolo, Treville di Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso) (reconstruction)
  • 1588-1590: Theater (for Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga), Sabbioneta (Province of Mantova)
  • 1590: Villa of Girolamo Contarini, Loreggia (Padua) (revised in construction)
  • 1590-1595: San Nicoḷ da Tolentino (Tolentini Church), Venice
  • 1591-1593: Statuary of Venice Republic (museum), Venice
  • 1591-1594: San Gaetano Thiene, Padua (monastery)
  • 1591-1595: Villa of Girolamo Cornaro, Piombino Dese (Province of Padua) (completion) [attributed]
  • 1591-1597: Villa Duodo and Chapel of San Giorgio, Monselice (Padua)
  • 1592-1616: Palace of Galeazzo Trissino al Corso, Vicenza
  • 1594-1600: Villa of Valerio Bardellini, Monfumo
  • 1596: Villa of Girolamo Ferretti on the River Brenta, Sambruson del Dolo (Venice)
  • 1596-1597: Villa of Girolamo Cornaro, Piombino Dese (Padova) (stable)
  • 1597: Villa of Nicolo Molin, Mandria, Padova
  • 1597: Villa Priuli, Carrara (Padua)
  • 1597-1598: Villa Godi, Sarmego di Grumolo delle Abbadesse (Vicenza)
  • 1601: Palazzo del Ḅ, Padua (university facade)
  • 1601-1606: San Giacomo di Rialto, Venice (altar of Scuola degli Orefici; with Girolamo Campagna)
  • 1601-1636: San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti Church and Hospital, Venice
  • 1604-1612: Cathedral of Sts. Rupert and Virgil, Salzburg, Austria (completed in 1614-28 by Santino Solari)
  • 1605: Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (sacristy door; with Alessandro Vittoria)
  • 1605-1616: Villa Duodo, Monselice (Padua) (six chapels for Via Romana)
  • 1607-1611: San Giorgio Maggiore (church), Venice (completion of Palladio's facade)
  • 1607-1616: Villa Cornaro al Paradiso, Venice (twin pavilions)
  • 1609: Domenico Trevisan Villa, San Donà di Piave
  • 1609-1616: Palazzo Contarini degli Scrigni, San Trovaso on the Canal Grande, Venice
  • 1614: Palazzo Loredan Vendramin Calergi, Venice (east wing; demolished in 1659 and rebuilt in 1660)it:Vincenzo Scamozzi
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