Andrea Palladio

Italian Architect

When and where was Andrea Palladio born?

Andrea Palladio was born on November 30, 1508 in Padua, Italy.

Where did he spend most of his life?

Andrea Palladio spent most of his life in Italy, mainly the Republic of Venice.

What was his education of training?

Andrea Palladio was first apprenticed for six years to a local stonecutter. After three years he moved to Vicenza where he began working in the guild of masons and stonecutters. While working on the reconstruction of the Villa Cricoli he was noticed by Giangiorgio Trissino, he had a classical school. Trissino saw Andrea's talents and began to educate him.

What was Andrea Palladio's lifestyle?

Like many devoted artists Andrea was devoted to his work, other than the first part of his life which was finding, and beginning his successful career.

What type of art did he create?

Andrea Palladio created some sculptures, but his main focus was on architecture. Some of Andrea's more know architectural designs are shown in the Basilica Palladiana, as well as the Teatro Olimpico, and Il Rendentore.

Who were Andrea's Patrons?

Andrea's main Patron was Trissino, he was like a mentor towards Palladio. He gave him his humanist name Palladio. He was also the one who recognized Palladio's ability, and helped nurture his capability.

*Art Gallery*

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^Basilica Palladiana^

One of Andrea Palladio's architecturally designed buildings.
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^Teatro Olimpico^

Olympian Theater designed by Andrea Palladio.
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^Il Rendentore^

Was consecrated in 1592. Architecture by Andrea Palladio.

Andrea Palladio's Work

The Art

One of Andrea Palladio's works was the Villa Godi.

Creation, and Where You Might See It

This piece of art was created from 1538-1542. You could see this architectural masterpiece at Lorendo, Italy.

The Significance of This Piece

This arts significance is that it was Palladio's first independent design. Its highlighting on clean-cut cubical masses shows its sophisticated style.

My Interest in This Piece

I find this piece interesting because of its enormity in size as well as its solid presence and the sentiment of it being Andrea's first independent design.


This design by Andrea exemplifies classicism. This is because this buildings math and symmetry ratios as well as its attention to form and detail. Also this piece is hugely influenced by the classical past, as were many of Andrea's works.

Works Cited:

"Andrea Palladio." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

Basilica Palladiana. Andrea Palladio.1549-1614. ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. Available from ARTstor, Inc., New York.

Il Rendentore. Andrea Palladio. 1577. ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. Available from ARTstor, Inc., New York.

Teatro Olimpico. Andrea Palladio. 1580-1586. ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. Available from ARTstor, Inc., New York.

Villa Godi. Andrea Palladio. 1537-1542. ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. Available from ARTstor, Inc.

Villa Godi at Lonedo di Lugo. Andrea Palladio. 1570.ARTstor [database online]. [cited 3 December 2015]. Available from ARTstor, Inc., New York, New York.