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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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Stourhead, Wiltshire: the east front

Campbell, Colen (1676-1729)

Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza: sketched perspective view

Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
NOTES: This sketch was made by Sir Charles Barry while touring Italy, Sicily, Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt with John Lewis Wolfe between 1817 and 1820 (for Wolfe's view of the same building see RIBA66526). The villa was already inhabited in 1569 but still incomplete. It was finished by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1606 to Palladio's original design.

Horse Guards Parade, St James's Park, London

Kent, William (1685?-1748)
SOURCE: R. Ackermann. The Microcosm of London (London, 1835), vol. II, pl. 56 NOTES: Horse Guards was built in 1750-1759 by John Vardy and William Robinson to designs by William Kent.

La Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Paris, with the River Seine seen in the foreground

Antoine, Jacques-Denis (1733-1801)
NOTES: This drawing is one of an album of 21 topographical sketches of contemporary buildings in Paris and environs, drawn in May and June 1774.

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice: elevation of the entrance facade

Palladio, Andrea (1508-1580)
NOTES: This drawing was made either by Visentini or one of his assistants.

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.