Andrea Palladio

Palladio and the Veneto


Villa Thiene, Quinto Vicentino, by Andrea Palladio, Copyright: RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs


Andrea Palladio was inspired by the architecture of Ancient Rome, and influenced by his contemporaries in Rome and central Italy.

Yet he was born, lived and worked in Venice and the Veneto for most of his life. It was, and still is, a region with an outstanding – and quite different – cultural heritage.

The cities of Vicenza, Verona, Padua and Venice formed the landscapes of his formative years. Surrounded by a wealth of exceptional buildings, it was here that he learnt about architecture.

This companion website will explore the elusive relationship between Palladio and the cultural heritage of his native region through outstanding images from the RIBA British Architectural Library collections. 


Venetian architecture

Giudecca Canal

Giudecca Canal, Venice
Copyright: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

The form of Venetian palaces, the influence of the Orient, the persistence of the Gothic and the use of specific materials will all be considered to discover how the city’s architecture evolved in this challenging location.

Palladio and his region

Villa Rotonda, Vicenza

Villa Rotonda, Vicenza,
by Andrea Palladio, Copyright: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Palladio built churches in Venice, palaces in Vicenza and villas in the countryside of the Veneto. These outstanding buildings will be considered in relation to the rich architectural background of Palladio’s native region.

Palladio’s legacy

Santa Maria del Giglio

Santa Maria del Giglio, Venice, by Guiseppe Sardi
Copyright: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection 

The site will also consider the impact Palladio had on architects of subsequent generations working in the Veneto, including Vincenzo Scamozzi, Baldassare Longhena and Giuseppe Sardi.