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 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.
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.
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