Goethe in Vicenza
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, poet and playwright . But in addition to literary works he was also devoted to the arts, especially to painting and music. His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major effect especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling.
On 1789 Goehte left Karlsbad, Czech Republic, to go to Italy. A sudden departure, in the middle of the night, which many interpret as a 'flight'.
From Verona to Vicenza, then to Padua and to Venice, where he stayed for long; then to Rome, at the apex of his interests, and lastly to Naples, in a voyage which should have lasted only a few weeks, but instead lasted for more than two years.
Reading his diary it is possible to get two different tourist routes.
From his writings you can imagine the beauty of Palladian Basilica, the first work of the much admired architect, in another way. The diaries return us the nice image of the poet who refreshes himself with a bunch of grapes under the porticoes. His praises are now directed to the complex of Monte di Pieta used to house the Civic Library.
The visit continues in corso Palladio with the Basilica di S.Corona, whose "Adoration of the Veronese Magi" is highly praised. Further ahead stands the so-called Casa del Palladio, which inspired Goethe with high considerations and the desire to see it included in a painting by Canaletto. Goethe has a high regard for Palladio, and he described the Teatro Olimpico with beautiful tones: "a theatre based on the ancient model, but in small proportions and indescribably beautiful…".
In the second itinerary Goethe visits the Rotunda, the apex of Palladio's art. The villa, shaped like a temple, dominates the countryside crossed by the Bacchiglione river. "Perhaps the art of architecture has never reached this level of magnificence" the poet considered.
The encounter with the paintings of Tiepolo takes place a short distance away, in Villa Valmarana ai Nani and he judges the art of father and son sublime.
His trip ended with a visit to Sanctuary of Monte Berico.Torna all'indice newsTorna indietro