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8 Great Books About Palladian Architecture

Discover the Legacy of Renaissance Architect Andrea Pallado


Renaissance master Andrea Palladio created some of the most stunning, graceful, and awe-inspiring country villas in the Veneto region of Italy. Palladio's style continues to influence the design of homes across Europe and America to this day.

1. The Four Books on Architecture

Written by Palladio, "The Four Books Of Architecture," or "I quattro libri dell'architettura," is perhaps the most successful architectural treatise of the Renaissance. First published in Venice in 1570, this beautiful, hardcover edition has 217 illustrations.
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2. The Perfect House: A Journey With Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

Architecture writer Witold Rybczynski takes us on a provocative tour through ten Palladian villas and explains why these simple, elegant homes became an ideal architects would follow for centuries. You won't find lush color photographs of Palladio's villas here; enjoy the book for its probing history and unique insights.
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3. Palladian Style

Author Steven Parissien takes us on a 40-year journey through the growth of the Palladian style in 18th century England. The book studies the gracious exteriors and also takes us inside for a look at decorative details, from decorative fittings to spectacular wallpapers.
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4. Andrea Palladio: The Complete Illustrated Works

Photographs by Pino Guidolotti document 66 works designed by Palladio and built during Palladio's lifetime.
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5. Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time

This 320-page paperback is packed with photos, floor plans, and maps that highlight the lifework of Andrea Palladio. In addition to Palladio's famous villas, the book examines his bridges, churches, and interior spaces.
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6. Learning From Palladio

Book cover of Branko Mitrovic's book Learning From Palladio
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Why is Andrea Palladio relevant today? Author Branko Mitrovic suggests it's Palladio's design methods and processes. Palladio embraced the Classical Order of Architecture from which we all can learn.

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7. Palladio's Rome

In his lifetime, Andrea Palladio wrote two guidebooks for 16th century tourists visiting Rome, Italy. In this Yale University Press publication, Professor Vaughan Hart and Peter Hicks have combined Palladio's commentary for the modern traveler.

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8. Palladio's Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic

Venice, Italy and Andrea Palladio are forever linked. Professor Tracy E. Cooper's interest in patronage is evident as she presents Palladio's Venetian architecture organized by the benefactors who commissioned the work—an interesting and timeless twist to examining the works of any architect.
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