Draft text and drawing of a Peripteros Temple for Daniele Barbaro's Commentary on Vitruvius
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings Collection
Palladio worked with Daniele Barbaro (1514-1570) on a new edition of De Architettura by Vitruvius and this was published in 1556. Vitruvius’s original Latin had had no illustrations. Various editions had been published in the first half of the 16th century with text and illustrations of uneven quality.
In the version produced by Barbaro and Palladio, text and drawings were carefully translated and formatted. It is the plates that stand out: Palladio’s extensive study of Roman architecture is clear to all. Preparatory drawings for this, plus published editions, survive in the RIBA Library collections.
Clearly, Rome was central to Palladio’s education, career and legacy. Through his buildings and publications, he contributed to the interest in Roman architecture that continued to dominate Italy, Britain and beyond in the following centuries.