Palazzo del Te
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Architect Giulio Romano
Location Mantua, Italy   map
Date 1526 to 1534   timeline
Building Type large house, palace
 Construction System bearing masonry, cut stone
Climate mediterranean
Style Mannerist, Renaissance





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Discussion Palazzo del Te Commentary

"The greatest of all Mannerist villas was called a palace—the Palazzo del Te in Mantua—and, like the Villa Farnesina, it was a villa suburbana, close to the city and commingling aspects of both palace and villa architecture and function. It was built by Giulio Romano for Federigo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and son of Isabelle d'Este, one of the most cultivated and erudite of all Renaissance art patrons..."

"At work on the Gonzaga villa, and free of the weight of the orthodoxy of both old and new Rome, Giulio's 'manner' took precedence. His strange, chimerical imagination was most dramatically unleashed in his illusionistic fresco paintings for the interior rooms of the Palazzo del Te, but the architecture, too, is filled with complicated and unexpected effects."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p307.

Sources on Palazzo del Te

James Stevens Curl. Classical Architecture: an introduction to its vocabulary and essentials, with a select glossary of terms. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992. ISBN 0-442-30896-5. NA260.C87. photo of interior court elevation, f4.19, p76.

Cristine Flon, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. London: Mitchell Beazley International, 1984. photo of the rear facade, p278.

John Fitzhugh Millar. Classical Architecture in Renaissance Europe 1419-1585. Virginia: Thirteen Colonies Press, 1987. NA510.M55. ISBN 0-934943-07-9. LC 86-50560. west courtyard elevation drawing, plate 20, p37. south elevation drawing, plate 19, p35. east elevation drawing, plate 19, p35.

Peter Murray. Architecture of the Renaissance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971. ISBN 8109-1000-4. LC 70-149850. NA510.M87. plan drawing, fig271, p183.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. discussion p307.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Palazzo del Te


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