His design was so good, they named a whole style after him – now a new exhibition is set to explore Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio’s enduring influence.
From next month, The Architecture Gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will host Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected.
Andrea Palladio is the only architect who has given his name to a style; one that is still in use around the world after nearly 500 years later.
Focusing on his legacy, RIBA’s exhibition explores how architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national — and still instantly recognisable — style, which was adopted in the design of houses, churches and public buildings around the world.
The RIBA Collections contain more than 350 drawings and sketches by Andrea Palladio; the world’s largest assemblage of his drawings — 85 per cent of all those in existence.
Highlights include Palladio’s A Design for a Palace (1540s) and projects for low-cost housing in Venice (1550s); original drawings by Inigo Jones include a preliminary design for the Queen’s House, Greenwich (1616); and an original drawing of Lord Burlington’s Chiswick House (1729).
Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected is at The Architecture Gallery, RIBA from 9 September to 9 January 2016.