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Palazzo Farnese

The construction of a fortified residence in Caprarola was initially entrusted by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese the Elder, then Pope Paul III, to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, assisted by Baldassare Peruzzi, who designed a pentagonal fortress with corner bastions.
The works began in 1530, but were suspended in 1546 due to the death of Sangallo. Cardinal Alessandro the Younger, who in turn settled in Caprarola, wanted to resume his grandfather's project, so, in 1547, he entrusted the construction site to Vignola, but the works resumed only in 1559. Vignola, once the defensive purpose ceased, radically changed the original project: the building, while maintaining the pentagonal plan foreseen for the original fortification, was transformed into an elegant and refined Renaissance residence, which later became the summer residence of the cardinal and his court. In place of the corner bastions, the architect inserted large terraces open to the surrounding countryside, while a two-storey circular courtyard was built in the center of the residence, with the top slightly set back.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19156 W: 130 N: 40453] (215339)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-05-29
  • Exposure: f/0.6, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-05-30 4:32
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