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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Villa Capra

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Andrea Palladio, 1508–80

Vicenza, Italy; 1566–91

The Italian architect Andrea di Pietro della Gondola came to be known as Palladio (after Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom) because of his aptitude for study. Although his career overlapped with that of Sebastiano Serlio, the architect of Ancy-le-Franc (page 68), he was a generation younger than Serlio.

Palladio was taken up by the nobility in Vicenza and Venice, and in 1570 published a famous treatise on architecture, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), which included plans, sections and elevations of his own buildings set alongside some of the ...

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