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Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

'Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected', which ran from September 2015 to January 2016, introduced Andrea Palladio's design principles and explored how they have been interpreted, copied and re-imagined across time and continents from his death in 1580 right up to the present day.

Designed by Caruso St John this exhibition at the RIBA explored how British architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national style and how 20th and 21st century architects have reinterpreted Palladio’s design principles for contemporary use in unexpected ways.

Please browse through some of the fantastic Palladian images that form part of the RIBApix collection.

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Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza: plan

Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
SOURCE: Ottavio Bertotti-Scamozzi, Le fabbriche e i disegni di Andrea Palladio raccolti ed illustrati da Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi (Vicenza, 1796), pl. 2 NOTES: The Villa Rotonda was finished by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1606 to Palladio's original design.

Copt Hall (or Copped Hall), Essex: proposed design for the rebuilding showing elevation of principal front with alternative treatment of dome (flap up)

Newdigate, Sir Roger (1719-1806)
NOTES: The house was built by Sanderson for Sir John Conyers although the amateur architects Sir Roger Newdigate and Thomas Prowse appear to have been responsible for the design. This is one of the set of drawings for the fourth alternative design, a rectangular house with central rotunda, long gallery down one side and a hexastyle portico in antis.

Villa Emo, Fanzolo di Vedelago: the Sala decorated with frescoes by Giambattista Zelotti

Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
NOTES: This villa was built for Leonardo di Giovanni Emo in c.1559-1565. It corresponds to Palladio's illustrations in 'I Quattro libri dell'architettura' of 1570, save minor details.

Villa da Porto Barbaran, Montorso Vicentino: the entrance facade

NOTES: This Palladian style villa was never completed in that the right wing and 'barchessa' (open barn) are lacking.

Somerset House, Strand, London: elevation of the Great Gallery facing the Thames

Webb, John (1611-1672)
NOTES: This drawing was made for engraving by Colen Campbell for inclusion in his Vitruvius Britannicus (London, 1715), Vol. I, pl. 16. See RIBA32762 for the engraving made from this drawing. This building was later replaced by Sir William Chambers's design for Somerset House.

Rotunda, Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

NOTES: The rotunda was built for the first Earl of Strafford, 1738-1742. By the 1970s it had become ruinous. It was restored in 2008 as part of a restoration programme for the whole grounds.