Palladio (1508-80) combined classical restraint with constant inventiveness to produce one of the most beautiful, and easily the most influential, series of buildings in the history of art.
In this brilliantly incisive study, Professor Ackerman sets Palladio in the context of his age - the great Humanist era of Michelangelo and Raphael, Titian and Veronese - examines each of the wonderful villas, churches and palaces in turn, and tries to penetrate to the heart of the Palladian miracle. Palladio's theoretical writings are important and illuminating, he suggests, yet they can never do justice to the intense intuitive skills of 'a magician of light and colour'. Indeed, as the fine photographs in this book reveal, Palladio was 'as sensual, as skilled in visual alchemy as any Venetian painter of his time', and his countless imitators have usually captured the details, but not the essence, of his supreme style. There are buildings all the way from Philadelphia to St. Petersburg which bear witness to Palladio's 'permanent place in the making of architecture', yet he richly deserves also to be seen on his own terms; this masterly introduction to a master architect does just that.
Table of Works
1. Palladio and His Times
3. Civic and Domestic Architecture
4. Ecclesiastical Architecture
5. Principles of Palladio's Architecture
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