Palladio and the Scholars

Friday, December 6, 2019 (All day)

Time: 10.30 for 10.45 start, and the day will end around 15.15.

Venue; Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE.

Tutor: Dr Margaret Knight

Cost;   £30  (There are no facilities for coffee)

The stonemason Andrea di Pietro della Gondola left his native Padua for Vicenza in the 1520, there he became Andrea Palladio, the architect and writer whose influence would extend far beyond Italy and far beyond the 16th century. The transformation of the stonemason to architect was made possible by amateur scholars like Trissino who encouraged him to study books on architecture, undertake visits to Rome and gave him his first commissions. Palladio understood the grammar of classical buildings and was able to apply it to the need of his clientele, by the 1550’s he was the architect of choice for rich Vicentine intellectuals wanting elegant country Villas, urban palaces and a fine theatre. This study is dedicated to Palladio, his patrons and the generations of architects inspired by his seminal work ‘the Four books on Architecture’.