Andrea Palladio and His Architect

By Andrew Kling

Andrea Palladio

  • Born on November 30, 1508 in Padua, Italy.
  • Spent most of life in Vicenza, Italy. Died here on August 19, 1580.
  • Started out as apprentice to stonecutter. Palladio eventually left him and enrolled himself in the guild of masons and stonecutters.
  • Giangiorgio Trissino noticed his talent and decided to take him in. He also was a sponsor and mentor to him as his talent progressed.
  • He spends lots of time designing and building, becoming better as time passed and as he learned.
  • Designs and builds different pieces of architecture.
  • Has created Palazzo Chiericati, many different villas including the Villa Capra (or Rotonda) and the Valmarana Palace.
  • He has had many different patrons over time. The church was paid for many different churches throughout Italy. Also rich Venetians paid for their villas to be built.

The Villa Rotonda

  • Created and built in 1566-1569.
  • Located in Vicenza, Italy.
  • Used a very different form of symmetry. It was basically a cube-like structure with equal sides. This allowed for equal viewings on each side of the villa.
  • Linked the main living area to the farmhouses to make a unified building. Accomplished the patrons need for living space and farm needs into one. Before, they were disconnected.
  • This piece of architecture is interesting because I enjoy architecture and the idea that one has perfect viewing angles from each side is amazing. The idea that the house has perfect scenery on all sides is neat since most houses don't have perfect viewing, not to mention on all sides.
  • The -isms
* Secularism - The Villa Rotonda is an example of how people are becoming much concerned with their material belongings. Money and material goods are the most important things to the rich that can afford these villas.

*Individualism - Palladio's achievements are becoming much more recognized by people. As a result, he is being hired to build the villas since he is being noticed for his work.

*Humanism - As his new building styles evolve, he looks back to Rome for ideas, like the dome used on the top of Villa Rotonda, which he uses in his builds.


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