Thursday, November 30, 2017

Born on this day. in 1508. Andrea Palladio. Why we love columns

One way or another, most of us have encountered Andrea Palladio. His presence has been, and remains, quietly insistent in our daily lives - even though this great Italian architect was born 500 years ago, almost to the day, and his working life was spent in a relatively contained landscape between his birthplace, Padua, and the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, Venice.

Every building Palladio designed, from a simple farmhouse to his grand monastic churches such as San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, was a gem. Designed inside and out according to a sophisticated play of perfect geometry, each one remains an ideal to live up to. Handsomely crafted, imaginatively sited and bringing the best of classical Roman architecture up to date, his buildings had a profound influence on architecture worldwide.

 Andrea Palladio (30 November 1508 - 19 August 1580) was an architect active in the Republic of Venice. Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily by Vitruvius, is widely considered the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture. All of his buildings are located in what was the Venetian Republic, but his teachings, summarized in the architectural treatise Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), gained him wide recognition. The city of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The frescoes in the Villa Caldogno main hall depict the different moments of the life in villa at Palladio's age

Images from Wikipedia.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I know of the work of Palladio. I love architecture, especially buildings with lots of columns. I really enjoy how clean his buildings are. I'm not a lover of ornate buildings. . . well, I should say overly-ornate buildings. A little embellishment is fine but I've seen some buildings in Europe that, to me, were definitely overdone. So I really appreciate the pristine quality of Palladio's columns.