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Andrea Palladio 1508 – 1580

Andrea Palladio 1508 – 1580

Andrea Palladio 1508 – 1580

  • Venetian Renaissance Architect, 16th Century
  • Impact: His work later informed the Palladianism style of architecture, due to his original basis on the values of Greek architecture, and the traditions of Roman Architecture as outlined by Vitruvius (strength, functionality and beauty) for his own design.
  • Also extremely influential was his Four Books of Archietcture.
  • Best known for his villas (Veneto), palaces (Vicenza), and churches (Venice) throughout the Venetian Republic
  • Palladianism: “Accorded the greatest priority to maintaining symmetry, perspective and overall harmony, in the manner of Greco-Roman architecture.”[1]
  • “In effect it was an early form of Neoclassical architecture.” [2]
  • Style: By 1541 had stylistically assimilated the Mannerist works of Michelle Sanmicheli and the High Renaissance buildings of Jacopo Sansovino.[3]
  • Greatest works include: the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore (1562, Venice), Villa Cornaro (1552 – 54, Piombino Dese, Treviso), Villa Capra (La Rotunda, 1566 0 91, Vicenza), and the Church of Il Redentore (1577 – 92, Venice). A number of Palladio’s buildings in Vicenza and in the Veneto are protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • In his practical designs and interest in architectural theory, Palladio was most similar to Giacomo da Vignola (1507 – 73), another great architect from the Mannerism period.
  • “Palladio’s career reads like a rags-to-riches story: a miller’s son from Padua, he went on to become one of the most sought-after architects of the wealthy. More than 60 villas, churches, and city mansions were built to his designs.”[4]
  • “The Villa Godi… contains all the elements of Palladio’s future villa designs, including symmetrical flanking wings for stables and barns and a walled courtyard in front of the house.”




[4] 5o Architects You Should Know

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