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Renowned Italian architect Andrea Palladio (pronounced: Pal’la djo) was born Andrea Di Pietro della Gondola in 1508. Originally a stonecutter in his native Padua, Palladio rose from humble beginnings to have one of the greatest influences in the architectural world.

Influenced by classical Roman buildings and designs, Palladio’s understanding of architecture was developed further by extensive reading, particularly by Vitruvius’ ‘De Architectura’ – considered the only architectural treatise to survive from antiquity.

Early in his career, his commissions consisted primarily of palaces and villas for the nobility of Northern Italy. Soon after, Palladio began to design town halls and religious buildings first in Vicenza and subsequently in Venice.

Two of his most notable architectural works are:

Villa Capra, or Villa Rotonda. View here.

San Giorgio Maggiore. View here.

In 1570, Palladio published I quattro libri dell’architettura (“The Four Books of Architecture”), a summary of his architectural principles, as well as practical advice for builders. It included, perhaps most critically, a set of meticulous woodcut illustrations drawn from his works. In part due to this landmark in book design, his own treatise enabled his buildings to be seen outside of Northern Italy, allowing others to follow his design principles.

Considered the only architect to give his name to an architectural style, Palladio’s designs are apparent in 17th and 18th century designs in Europe, England, and America, including elements reflected in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Palladianism, which aims to be governed by reason and the principles of classical antiquity, is noted for its clarity, order, and symmetry. Quite simply, it values the harmony of the structure. To quote Palladio, “Beauty will result from the form and the correspondence of the whole, with respect to several parts with regard to each other and then again to the whole: that the structure may appear an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other and all necessary what you intend to form.”

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Sources:,, Great Buildings Online; The Guardian