Saturday, 16 April 2011

Moisturise Daily (Statue at Palladio's Teatro Olimpico), Vicenza

Close up of a statue in the courtyard outside Andrea Palladio's Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.

The Teatro Olimpico ("Olympic Theatre") is a theatre in Vicenza, northern Italy: constructed in 1580-1585, it is the oldest surviving enclosed theatre in the world. The theatre was the final design by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Renaissance, and was not completed until after his death. The trompe-l'œil onstage scenery, designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, to give the appearance of long streets receding to a distant horizon, was installed in 1585 for the very first performance held in the theatre, and is the oldest surviving stage set still in existence.

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