London, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major exhibition held in London in 30 years to celebrate of the quincentenary of the birth of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), one of Italy’s greatest architects. Palladio’s style, though grounded in classical styles, remained firmly fixed in the functional and aesthetics demands of his own era. His church, public buildings, town palaces and country villas have influenced subsequent generations of European and American architects and thus Palladio’s name has remained synonymous with architecture for 500 years.

This exhibition charts the architect’s influences and the major works of his career, from the Basilica and earlier palaces in Vicenzo, to his acclaimed Villa Rotonda. Palladio was also a prominent architectural writer. His Four Books of Architecture, published in 1570, became possibly the most influential architectural pattern, addressing the practical and social needs of the era with Palladio’s influence peaking during the 18th century Classical Revival. As a counterpart to the exhibition, the
Royal Academy of Arts Architecture Programme commissioned a selection of contemporary architects to give their personal responses to Palladio in The Architecture Space. A dynamic dialogue is created between the architectural minds of today and this key figure of architectural heritage.

January 31 through April 13, 2009
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London W1J
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