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The Italian Architect Andrea Palladio

Andrea Palladio

Andrea Palladio, a sixteenth-century Italian architect, is the subject of this engraving that serves as the frontispiece for The Architecture of A. Palladio (1715), an English-language version of Palladio's four-volume treatise on classical architecture published in 1570. The tools of an architect—a compass, a carpenter's square, and a plumb line—are depicted beneath the figure. This frontispiece is from the second edition of the English language version, published in 1721. Thomas Jefferson was deeply influenced by Palladio, as were a number of early American architects.

Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Paulus Caliary, artist; Bernard Picart, engraver

Created: 1715; 1721 edition shown

Medium: Engraving

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books

This is the title page of Giacomo Levi's 1721 English-language edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), an illustrated treatise on architecture first published in Venice in 1570. Palladio favored simple classical design, a style that became known as Palladian architecture. Thomas Jefferson was deeply influenced by Palladio, as were a number of early American architects. 

Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Andrea Palladio

Created: 1721

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Architectural Drawing of Classical Columns

This engraving from the 1721 edition of The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books depicts the distinct columns that represent the classical architectural orders—the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles from ancient Greece; and the Tuscan and Composite styles from ancient Rome. Andrea Palladio, an influential sixteenth-century Italian architect, favored pure classical design that included the prominent use of these columns.

Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Van der Gucht, engraver

Created: 1716

Medium: Engraved architectural drawing

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Architectural Drawings of a House

A pair of engravings depicts a sectional drawing (at top) and the elevation plan (at bottom) for a country house in Italy designed by Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century. The house, which Palladio described as "being seated on a hlllock of a most easy ascent," featured a circular central room with a skylight. Thomas Jefferson, who was deeply influenced by Palladio's work, pioneered the use of skylights in America. This page is from Giacomo Levi's 1721 English-language edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), an illustrated treatise on architecture first published in Venice in 1570.

Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Andrea Palladio, architect; Bernard Picart, engraver

Created: 1715

Medium: Engraved architectural drawings

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Andrea Palladio

    Andrea Palladio, a sixteenth-century Italian architect, is the subject of this engraving that serves as the frontispiece for The Architecture of A. Palladio (1715), an English-language version of Palladio's four-volume treatise on classical architecture published in 1570. The tools of an architect—a compass, a carpenter's square, and a plumb line—are depicted beneath the figure. This frontispiece is from the second edition of the English language version, published in 1721. Thomas Jefferson was deeply influenced by Palladio, as were a number of early American architects.

    Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Paulus Caliary, artist; Bernard Picart, engraver

    Created: 1715; 1721 edition shown

    Medium: Engraving

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books

    This is the title page of Giacomo Levi's 1721 English-language edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), an illustrated treatise on architecture first published in Venice in 1570. Palladio favored simple classical design, a style that became known as Palladian architecture. Thomas Jefferson was deeply influenced by Palladio, as were a number of early American architects. 

    Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Andrea Palladio

    Created: 1721

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Architectural Drawing of Classical Columns

    This engraving from the 1721 edition of The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books depicts the distinct columns that represent the classical architectural orders—the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian styles from ancient Greece; and the Tuscan and Composite styles from ancient Rome. Andrea Palladio, an influential sixteenth-century Italian architect, favored pure classical design that included the prominent use of these columns.

    Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Van der Gucht, engraver

    Created: 1716

    Medium: Engraved architectural drawing

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Architectural Drawings of a House

    A pair of engravings depicts a sectional drawing (at top) and the elevation plan (at bottom) for a country house in Italy designed by Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century. The house, which Palladio described as "being seated on a hlllock of a most easy ascent," featured a circular central room with a skylight. Thomas Jefferson, who was deeply influenced by Palladio's work, pioneered the use of skylights in America. This page is from Giacomo Levi's 1721 English-language edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), an illustrated treatise on architecture first published in Venice in 1570.

    Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Andrea Palladio, architect; Bernard Picart, engraver

    Created: 1715

    Medium: Engraved architectural drawings

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections