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“great example of Palladio architecture”
Review of Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico
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The Palladio and Bassano del Grappa Private Tour
Ranked #1 of 151 things to do in Vicenza
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Andrea Palladio’s last work and masterpiece, the Olympic Theatre was commissioned in February 1580 by the Accademia Olimpica, a society of mixed social classes founded in Vicenza in 1555 for cultural and scientific purposes and to which Palladio himself belonged. Construction began in May 1580, but Palladio died suddenly on 19 August of that year so did not see its completion. After various, complex delays, the theatre was completed five years later and opened on 3 March 1585 with the memorable staging of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus. The theatre is reached by way of the odeon and anti-odeon, two large rooms designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi and decorated respectively with frescoes by Francesco Maffei portraying divinities and allegorical figures (c. 1637) and a monochrome frieze of considerable documentary interest (c. 1595). This depicts theatrical productions presented by the Accademia before construction of the Olimpic Theatre (Amor costante, Sophonisba) and shows or events held in the new theatre (Oedipus the King, the diplomatic mission of Japanese envoys). Palladio designed a monumental scenae frons within an enclosed space intended to simulate classical theatres in the open air. It is flanked by two wings or stage doors and a semi-elliptical cavea with thirteen tiers, ending in a columned exedra at the top, partly open and partly with niches in the wall. Statues of the academicians who commissioned the theatre, dressed in classical costume, occupy the niches and plinths of the structure. A series of splendid bas reliefs showing stories of Hercules by Ruggero Bascape occupies the highest row. Wooden perspective scenery of the streets of Thebes runs back from the three openings in the scenea frons. This was designed by Scamozzi for the opening performance of Oedipus Tyrannus and has remained as a permanent feature
Reviewed February 13, 2014

it only takes a short time to visit a wonderful example of an old theater, still in use today after centuries

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Beautiful theatre. An architectural masterpiece. It revolutionize you understanding of the stage. A visit not to be missed.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Very captivating a must on your visit i was taken a back by how the artwork was completed in order to fool the eyes it's amazing. Well worth it.

Thank Navityra
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is as it was , its amazing it has survived , this very old teatro . I always imagine people all dressed up in the 18 th century coming here to see the plays . It must have been amazing.

Thank Saskiagrav
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The use of paint to make it appear much larger, the sound is amazing, very well taken care of. a part of history

Thank kw696998
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