Palladian Villas of the Venato are a UNESCO site in Italy

Architect Andrea Palladio
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Andrea di Pietro (1508-1580) was known as Palladio. He was a stone mason’s apprentice who became the most influential architect of his generation. Palladio’s urban dwellings and villas are scattered throughout the Venato. His Palladian architectural principles gained world-wide prominence in the 18th century.

A villa with a superimposed portico, from Book...

A villa with a superimposed portico, from Book IV of Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura, in a modestly priced English translation published in London, 1736. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statue of Palladio in Vicenza

Statue of Palladio in Vicenza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Palladian Villa is characterized by pillared porticos and arches. Unfortunately, fourteen of his villas were destroyed by World War II bombs.

Vicenza was founded in the 2nd century B.C. and prospered under Venetian rule from the 15th to 18th centuries. A large concentration of Andrea Palladio’s  distinctive buildings are concentrated in or near the town of Vicenza that gained UNESCO status in 1994.

Interior from La Rotunda by Andrea Palladio

Interior from La Rotunda by Andrea Palladio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palazzo del Capitanio, Vicenza. Arch. Andrea P...

Palazzo del Capitanio, Vicenza. Arch. Andrea Palladio (1565) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Villa Rotonda, Veneto, Italy

Villa Rotonda, Veneto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The distinctive “Palladian” architectural style was transported from Vicenza and ultimately influenced architects around the world. His concepts of balance and grace changed the paradigm for urban design and architectural excellence. His architectural principles inspired the White House, Monticello and many of the buildings constructed in St. Petersburg by Russian Czars. He was profoundly influenced by classical Roman architecture and the work of Vitruvius.

Engraving from Colen Campbell, Vitruvius Brita...

Engraving from Colen Campbell, Vitruvius Britannicus vol. 3, 1725. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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