Palladio and His Legacy

Author: Carol C. Bradley

“Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey,” is on exhibition at the Snite Museum of Art through Sunday, July 31.

For the first time in the Midwest, a collection of thirty-one rarely seen drawings as well as books and models by Italian 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio, from the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, will be on view at the Snite Museum of Art. The collection will travel to one more U.S. venue before the drawings are put into storage for twenty-five years in order to ”rest” these delicate and valuable works.

The drawings, together with Palladio’s architectural texts and pattern books, highlight the growth of his design sensibility. They range from early studies and sketches to perfectly executed later drawings of villas and other commissioned works. Also on view are a number of detailed architectural models, created and loaned specially for the exhibition by renowned model-maker Timothy Richards, which demonstrate the spread of Palladio’s architectural theories to America, most notably in the work of Thomas Jefferson and in designs for monumental buildings in Washington, DC.

Palladio exhibition postcard