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Design for a small villa: facade

Design by Andrea Palladio for a small villa, 1550s 
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

October 2009

Palladio and Britain online exhibition

From 7 October 2009 until 17 January 2010, 62 of Andrea Palladio's original drawings from the RIBA's collections, normally held in the British Architectural Library, were on loan  to the CaixaForum Madrid. This was the final venue of the 'Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy' exhibition which had been on an international tour since 2008.

The drawings are part of the greatest collection of Palladio drawings in the world. Once owned by Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington, and numbering over 330, these drawings are key documents in the history of British architecture and the evolution of Palladianism worldwide.

Palladianism was essentially the work of Palladio seen through Inigo Jones’s eyes and adapted for a colder climate and a different social system. His reinterpretation of Palladio was exported back to Europe and to the British Empire and it became the most important style in 18th and early 19th-century America.

Discover the full extent of the RIBA Library's collection, its influence, and conservation with this new, and developing web resource at our Palladio Online Exhibitions


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