Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey

<em>Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio</em>, after Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659–1734), ca. 1715 engraving. Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, after Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659–1734), ca. 1715 engraving. Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

SNITE Museum of Art June 5–July 31, 2011

This traveling exhibition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, offered a rare opportunity to see thirty-one drawings by the famous sixteenth-century architect, Andrea Palladio, along with seven books, fifteen models of related buildings, and eight bas-reliefs of some of the drawings. 

The late Italian renaissance master Andrea Palladio (Italian, 1508–1580) is the most influential architect of the last 500 years. His architecture synthesized the lessons of the ancient Romans with the achievements of his predecessors and contemporaries, including Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Palladio's mastery of the classical orders, proportion, and harmony was unparalleled. His projects in Venice and the surrounding region set new standards in design and redefined the potential of the art form, especially for domestic structures. 

This exhibition is offered in conjunction with a collegiate design competition and June 10-12 conference being organized by the School of Architecture. Please see their website for more information on these events.

Read More on the School of Architecture site.

The exhibition was jointly curated by Charles Hind and Irena Murray, RIBA British Architectural Library, Guido Beltramini, CISA Palladio, and Calder Loth, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 

Plaster models created and loaned by the workshop of Timothy Richards, Bath, England.

Support for the exhibition Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey is provided by: 

  • Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust
  • Regione del Veneto
  • British Architectural Library Trust
  • Dainese
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation 
  • Center for Palladian Studies in America, Inc.
  • William T. Kemper Foundation
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • Andrew D. Stone
  • Richard Wernham and Julia West

In-kind support provided by: 

  • Timothy Richards of Bath, England
  • Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation
  • Anne Kriken Mann