Andrea Palladio was born in the Veneto, a region in the North East of Italy whose major city, Venice, is universally renowned for the richness of its cultural heritage and its unique geographical configuration. The region also counts other remarkable historical and artistic centres, such as Vicenza, Verona and Padua.
This is the environment where Palladio lived and worked all his life and yet the links between the architect and the region are not that obvious since it was Roman antiquity, as well as the architecture of his contemporaries in Rome and central Italy, that had a major impact on his work and made him one of the most influential architects of all time. This site will explore the elusive relationship between the architect and the cultural heritage of his region.
Discover the unique characteristics of Venetian architecture as they evolved and consolidated over the centuries - from the use of specific materials to the form of its palaces and from the influence of the Orient to the persistence of Gothic.
Learn how Palladio responded to the rich architectural background of this city and the region in general by looking at his churches in Venice, his palaces in Vicenza and his villas in the Veneto’s countryside.
Take a look at the impact Palladio had on architects of subsequent generations working in the Veneto, from Vincenzo Scamozzi, Baldassare Longhena and Giuseppe Sardi to the architects of the 18th century.
This website has been generously supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
All images come from the outstanding collections of the RIBA British Architectural Library. For more superb images please visit our online image database RIBApix.
To further explore Palladio's buildings and his remarkable legacy please visit our sister website Palladio and Britain.