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Palladio and Palladianism (World of Art)

Robert Tavernor

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A must-have introduction to Palladianism by an authority on the subject


Andrea Palladio, probably the most famous architect of the Western world, stands at the beginning of the movement called Palladianism. For the landed gentry of sixteenth-century Venice he evolved a version of Renaissance architecture, combining classical authority, dignity and comfort, which he made available to the whole of Europe in his book, the Quattro libri dell'architettura. So successful was the Palladian formula that it was consciously revived in other countries and in other times: by Inigo Jones at the court of Charles I in the early seventeenth century, by Colen Campbell and Lord Burlington in the early eighteenth century, and by Thomas Jefferson and others in the New World. In each case, what was appealing about Palladianism was more than a matter of style: it was the fact that it expressed a way of life and a humanist moral philosophy, deriving ultimately from ancient Rome but enriched by the thinkers of the Renaissance and the Augustan age.


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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 163

Publication date: 2 April 1991

ISBN: 9780500202425

Contents List

Preface • 1. The Foundations of Palladio's Architecture • 2. Palladio's Theory and Practice of Architecture • 3. Palladio's Architectural and Literary Legacy • 4. Inigo Jones and the Stuart Court • 5. Great British Vitruvians • 6. Anglo-Palladianism and the Birth of a New Nation

About the Author

Robert Tavernor is an English Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and founding director of the Tavernor Consultancy in London

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