Architects and Architecture

Preliminary design for the Villa Pisani


Preliminary design for the Villa Pisani; Bagnolo, Italy
Andrea Palladio (1508–80)
About 1539–40
Pen and ink and wash; built 1542–5
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

The upper part of this drawing shows the elevation of the building, as if its front had been pressed onto the sheet of paper. Palladio was one of the first architects to design buildings using drawn plans and elevations. Accurate elevations helped him to develop a style based on subtle details and proportions.



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