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World of Art

Palladio and Palladianism

  1. Robert Tavernor
  • ISBN 9780500202425
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 216pp
  • 163 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 1991
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‘Tavernor has done a first-rate job’ – Sir John Summerson, Architecture Today


Andrea Palladio, probably the most famous architect of the Western world, stands at the beginning of the movement called Palladianism. 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, by Colen Campbell and Lord Burlington in the early eighteenth century, and by Thomas Jefferson and others in the New World. 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.