Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey


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Explore the life and work of one of the most influential architects in history in an exhibition that reveals the indelible mark his legacy has left on American architecture.

Andrea Palladio, 1508–80, drew inspiration from classical architecture, crafting a new style that met the functional and aesthetic demands of his age. His buildings were realised in a small area of northern Italy, yet his enduring influence on the western world can be attributed to the impact of his book I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura.

The exhibition is centred on 31 original Palladio drawings and a number of books from the RIBA's unrivalled collections, alongside bas-reliefs and architectural models. It traces Palladio's architectural development alongside the enormous impact his work had on the architecture of the United States, resulting in new and original interpretations from grand formal buildings to smaller utilitarian structures.

THis is an RIBA exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza.

The exhibition is curated by Charles Hind and Irena Murray, RIBA British Architectural Library, and Calder Loth, senior historian, Virginia State Historical Service.

Models were specially created and loaned for this exhibition from renowned modelmaker Timothy Richards of Bath.


The exhibition tours the following venues:

  • The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
    2 April - 1 August 2010
  • National Building Museum, Washington, DC
    2 September 2010 – 30 January 2011
  • Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
    5 June – 31 July 2011
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
    3 September – 31 December 2011


The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of: Regione del Veneto, Dainese, Richard H Driehaus Foundation, British Architectural Library Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Center for Palladian Studies America, Richard Wernham and Julia West, Andrew D. Stone, William T. Kemper Foundation, and Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.





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Andrea Palladio, Design for a Villa, mid-1550s.

Andrea Palladio, Design for the Villa Repeta at Campiglia, c.1550

RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections