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Andrea Palladio (Andrea

di Pietro della Gondola):


Renaissance Architect
By Jackie Craven, About.com Guide

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Andrea Palladio
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Born:
November 30, 1508 in Padua, Italy
Died:
August 19, 1580 in Vicenza, Italy
Full Name:
Born Andrea Di Pietro della Gondola. Later
named Palladio after the Greek goddess of
wisdom. The new name was given to Palladio
by an employer, the scholar Trissino.
Palladio's Early Training:

Apprenticed to a stonecutter when he


was 13 years old
Became an assistant in a masonry
workshop in Vicenza
Learned the principles of classical
architecture when he worked on new
additions for a villa owned by Gian Giorgio
Trissino, a leading scholar of the time
Important Buildings by Palladio:
By the 1540s, Palladio was using classical
principles to design a series of country villas
and urban palaces for the nobility of Vicenza.
One of his most famous is Villa Capra, also
known as the Rotunda, which was modeled
after the Roman Pantheon. Palladio also
designed the Basilica in Vicenza, and in the
1560s he began work on religious buildings
in Venice. The great basilica San Giorgio

Maggiore is one of Palladio's most elaborate


works.
Writings by Palladio:
Using the new technology of movable type,
Palladio published a guide to the classical
ruins of Rome. In 1570, he published his
masterwork: I Quattro Libri dell' Architettura,
or The Four Books of Architecture (compare
prices). This important book outlined
Palladio's architectural principles and
provided practical advice for builders.
Detailed woodcut images of Palladio's
drawings illustrate the work.
Recommended Reading:
The Power of Palladio, How Palladio
Shaped America's Houses
Books About Palladian Architecture
About Andrea Palladio:

Andrea Palladio is often described as the


most influential and most copied architect in
the Western world. Drawing inspiration
from classical architecture, Palladio created
carefully proportioned, pedimented buildings
that became models for stately homes and
government buildings in Europe and
America. One of many architectural features
inspired by Palladio is the popular Palladian
window.
Palladio's Four Books of Architecture was
widely translated, and Palladio's ideas
spread across Europe and into the New
World. American statesman Thomas
Jefferson borrowed Palladian ideas when he
designed Monticello, his home in Virginia