The Villa Valmarana is celebrated as one of Palladio's great villas and also for the 18th century frescoes executed by both Giambattista Tiepolo and his son Giandomenico. The father and son visited twice, once in 1757 and again in 1759. They were invited to decorate rooms in both the Villa and in the adjoining guest quarters, the so-called 'foresteria'. Their patron was Count Giustino Valmarana, a scholar and theater enthusiast. Tiepolo frescoed the vestibule and four ground-floor rooms, while his son executed the decoration in the adjacent guest house. Giandomenico's lively genre scenes featuring peasants and merchants were intended to form a marked contrast with Giambattista's noble and tragic themes in the Villa, borrowed from famous works of Greek, Roman, and Italian literature.
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