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The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

Paperback. Pub Date: 2003 08 Pages: 320 in Publisher: Scribner The bestselling author of ONE GOOD TURN pursues his most appropriate subject yet: Andrea Palladio. the Shakespeare of Renaissance architects who gave us the word 'Palladian' but about whom little is known. A journey along the enta River in northeastern Italy. just a short distance from Venice. reveals the origin of the architecture of the private house. an art first practiced by Andrea Palladio. Until Palladio began designing simple. gorgeous. perfectly proportioned villas . architectural genius was reserved for temples and palaces. Palladio not only designed and built. he wrote. His 1570 architectural treatise was read and studied by great thinkers as diverse as Thomas Jeffferson and Inigo Jones. and it proved to be critical to the design of Monticello and the White House. More than just a study of one of histor...

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