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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 da Porto Barbaran, Montorso Vicentino: the entrance facade

RIBA39883
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

RIBA68725
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.

Banqueting House, Whitehall, London: perspective view looking west

RIBA95988
Jones, Inigo (1573-1652)
NOTES: This drawing is attributed to an unidentified 19th century English architect. This palace is the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall. It was built for James I specifically to provide an appropriate setting for a new and elaborate type of court entertainment, the masque.

Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza

RIBA5480
Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
NOTES: The villa was already inhabited in 1569 but still incomplete. It was finished by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1606 to Palladio's original design.

Chiswick House, London: design for the facade of the orangery in the gardens

RIBA22296
Burlington, Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of (1694-1753)
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