13 Facts About Palladian architecture


Palladian architecture is a European architectural style derived from the work of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio .

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Palladian architecture style was widely utilised throughout Europe, often in response to English influences.

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The Palladian architecture style was adopted in other British colonies, including those in the Indian subcontinent.

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Palladian architecture was inspired by Roman buildings, the writings of Vitruvius, and his immediate predecessors Donato Bramante and Raphael.

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Palladian architecture's surviving buildings are in Venice, Veneto region, and Vicenza, and include villas and churches such as the Basilica del Redentore in Venice.

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Palladio's architectural treatises follow the approach defined by Vitruvius and his 15th-century disciple Leon Battista Alberti, who adhered to principles of classical Roman Palladian architecture based on mathematical proportions rather than the ornamental style of the Renaissance.

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Palladian architecture villas are usually built with three floors: a rusticated basement or ground floor, containing the service and minor rooms; above this, the piano nobile, accessed through a portico reached by a flight of external steps, containing the principal reception and bedrooms; and lastly a low mezzanine floor with secondary bedrooms and accommodation.

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Palladian architecture designs advocated by Jones were too closely associated with the court of Charles I to survive the turmoil of the English Civil War.

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Palladian architecture was a cousin of Sir John Vanbrugh, and originally one of his pupils.

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Palladian architecture rejected the Baroque style, and spent three years studying architecture in France and Italy before returning to Ireland.

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In Virginia and Carolina, the Palladian architecture style is found in numerous plantation houses, such as Stratford Hall, Westover Plantation and Drayton Hall.

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Palladian architecture studied architecture in Dublin, where Leinster House was one of the finest Palladian buildings of the time.

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Term Palladian architecture is often misused in modern discourse and tends to be used to describe buildings with any classical pretensions.

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