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Foi dia no passado dia 30, mas importa recordar.


The Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio is to architecture what Julia Child is to cooking. He borrowed ideas from the past, added his own insights, and created a straightforward approach to design that builders anywhere could follow. American statesman Thomas Jefferson modeled his own home after Palladio's architecture. Chances are your own home reflects "Palladian" ideas.
November 30, is Andrea Palladio's birthday. He was born in 1508. Celebrate!

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Born Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, he trained in stonework and sculpting. His talents were recognised in his early thirties by Count Giangiogino Trissino, who later gave him the name Palladio, an allusion to the Greek goddess of wisdom Pallas Athene. Thus, Palladian style is named after him; a style which adhered to classical Roman principles, similarly to styles of the Early and High Renaissance, when classical revivalism was at its peak. His architectural works have "been valued for centuries as the quintessence of High Renaissance calm and harmony" (Watkin, D. A History of Western Architecture). Palladio designed many churches, villas, and palaces, especially in Venice and the surrounding area. A number of his works are protected as part of the World Heritage Site The Palladian Villas of the Veneto.
Illustration from a 1736 English edition of I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura.
Illustration from a 1736 English edition of I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura.

His style became fashionable all over Europe, for example in parts of the Loire Valley of France. In Britain, Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren embraced the Palladian style. Another admirer was the architect Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Cork, also known as Lord Burlington, who, with William Kent, designed Chiswick House. Later exponents of his work who helped to popularize Palladio's concepts included the 18th century Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni who published an authoritative four volume work on Palladio and his architectural concepts. In a letter written by Colonel Isaac A. Coles to General Hartwell Cocke in 1816, Coles related Thomas Jefferson's admiration for Palladio: "With Mr. Jefferson I conversed at length on the subject of architecture -- Palladio, he said 'was the Bible -- you should get it and stick close to it...' "

Palladio's architecture also inspired a classical music piece by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, called Palladio. Many people know it by its first movement, which was used for a De Beers diamond television commercial.

Fonte: Wikipedia


De facto, Andrea Palladio marcou a arquitectura do seu tempo...
Um marco na História e Teoria da Arquitectura...

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