Education

Searching for the ancient

Having lived in the Serenissima in the middle of the 16th century, Andrea Palladio WAS the architect who was most able to interpret and manifest the rural aspiration of the Veneto nobility.

Son of a miller, he was born in Padova in 1508. He moved to Vicenza, a city that he had always felt connected to, at a very young age.
Here he trained as a stonemason and later on as an architect.

He met Giangiorgio Trissino, a noble humanist from Vicenza, in villa Cricoli’s building days. Trissino became his main mentor for his architectural education and it was him who gave Palladio the greek nickname through which he is internationally known today. The two travelled to Rome together multiple times. It was there that, facing the roman ruins and meditating on antiquity, Palladio created a new concept of architecture in which the Classicism elements and the functional needs blend harmoniously into the landscape.



Education

Searching for the ancient

Having lived in the Serenissima in the middle of the 16th century, Andrea Palladio WAS the architect who was most able to interpret and manifest the rural aspiration of the Veneto nobility.

Son of a miller, he was born in Padova in 1508. He moved to Vicenza, a city that he had always felt connected to, at a very young age.
Here he trained as a stonemason and later on as an architect.

He met Giangiorgio Trissino, a noble humanist from Vicenza, in villa Cricoli’s building days. Trissino became his main mentor for his architectural education and it was him who gave Palladio the greek nickname through which he is internationally known today. The two travelled to Rome together multiple times. It was there that, facing the roman ruins and meditating on antiquity, Palladio created a new concept of architecture in which the Classicism elements and the functional needs blend harmoniously into the landscape.



An architect of villas

From Palladio to Palladianism

The role that initiated him as the Architect of the city of Vicenza in 1546, was the creation of the Palazzo della Ragione, the so called modern basilica.
Whilst in Vicenza, Palladio mainly designed buildings for the city’s aristocracy, in Venice he was commissioned major religious works.
The villas, however, were built In the vast venetian countryside where the local  aristocracy established itself and managed the agricultural economy of Serenissima.

The palladian union of the desire for city like exteriors and the rustic needs of the building, which is well illustrated in the book I quattro libri dell’architettura, is portrayed at its best in Palladio’s collaboration with Paolo Americo with the creation of Villa Rotonda. 

Andrea palladio died In 1580 in the outskirts of Vicenza. At the time he was working on the city’s Teatro Olimpico and on Villa Barbarano’s temple in Maser.
However, his legacy defeated both time and space. Palladian architecture reached England and the United States to then become an architectural point of reference and inspiration for buildings in new independent nations. Symbolically, it came to represent a happy time, in which aesthetics and morality coincided.



An architect of villas

From Palladio to Palladianism

The role that initiated him as the Architect of the city of Vicenza in 1546, was the creation of the Palazzo della Ragione, the so called modern basilica.
Whilst in Vicenza, Palladio mainly designed buildings for the city’s aristocracy, in Venice he was commissioned major religious works.
The villas, however, were built In the vast venetian countryside where the local aristocracy established itself and managed the agricultural economy of Serenissima.

The palladian union of the desire for city like exteriors and the rustic needs of the building, which is well illustrated in the book I quattro libri dell’architettura, is portrayed at its best in Palladio’s collaboration with Paolo Americo with the creation of Villa Rotonda.

Andrea palladio died In 1580 in the outskirts of Vicenza. At the time he was working on the city’s Teatro Olimpico and on Villa Barbarano’s temple in Maser.
However, his legacy defeated both time and space. Palladian architecture reached England and the United States to then become an architectural point of reference and inspiration for buildings in new independent nations. Symbolically, it came to represent a happy time, in which aesthetics and morality coincided.



Palladio's life

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Palladio's life

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