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Survey drawing of the Temple of Fortune, Palestrina

Survey drawing of the Temple of Fortune, Palestrina
Andrea Palladio (c.1560)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawing Collection

Reconstruction of the Temple of Fortune

Idealised reconstruction of the Temple of Fortune, Palestrina
Andrea Palladio (c.1560)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawing Collection

Most of the drawings by Palladio held in the RIBA Library collections are studies of Ancient Rome. Palladio built up a huge collection of such drawings; his use of elements of classical design is at the heart of his architecture.

Palladio undertook five trips around Europe to study the various Roman remains under the guidance of Gian Giorgio Trissino (1475-1554). As a result he saw a broad range of ancient architectural styles, as well as contemporary architects at work. It was his trips to Rome itself that had the most impact upon him.

Palladio used studies made on his travels to inform his own designs. For example, the survey plan that he made of the temple of Fortune at Palestrina, shown here on the left, formed the basis of his idealised reconstruction of the temple in sheet IX/7, shown on the right.

Elements of this drawing are said to be the inspiration for both the Villa Trissino at Meledo and the Villa Rotonda near Vicenza.

 
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