Exhibiting Palladio

Exhibiting Palladio

Palladio the exhibition

Andrea Palladio (c.1540)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection

The RIBA British Architectural Library loans objects from its historical collections to institutions around the world for the purpose of public exhibitions.

The exhibition Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Palladio, has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects. Initially shown in Vicenza, it is touring to London, Barcelona and Madrid.

The curators’ blog follows the journey of the curatorial and conservation team as they accompany 63 objects, including original drawings by Palladio, to Vicenza for the exhibition.

The drawing laboratory looks at how Palladio used drawings, from initial sketches through to design drawings and drawings for publication. It examines the types of paper and materials he used and explains the conservation techniques needed to treat them. It surveys cataloguing, storage and the preparation of historical drawings for display. A series of detailed case studies follows the conservation of individual drawings for the exhibition.