Villa Rotonda,1552-1616

Architect, designer, author


Palladio was one of the most influential figures in the whole development of western architecture.


Palladio was born in 1508. He was born in Padua. His original name was Andrea di Pietro. His given name, Palladio, is a name for a Greek goddess of wisdom, Pallas Athena. Palladio was apprenticed to be a stonecutter at the age of thirteen. He later broke his apprentice contract. After that he fled to Vicenza.

Palladio became an apprentice to Trissino. He joined a guild of stonecutters and masons. He was employed in a workshop, specializing in decorative monuments. He went on to have a great life.


Palladio was a great designer, architect, and author. He was also a stone-cutter.

Palladio became famous because he designed the church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Another of his works was a palace called Palazzo Chieracati, known for colonnaded loggia. Theatro Olimpico was a theatre of exceptional design. The Convent of Carita in Venice, was one of his greatest churches. The Villa Rotondo was started by Andrea Palladio in 1550, and finished in 1606.

He wrote two influential books. One was called The Antiquities of Rome, which was used for the next 200 years as a standard teaching guide book. The second was called Palladio's Four Books on Architecture, which stated his theories on architecture.


Palladio's collannaded loggia were an innovation later used all over Europe. He rejected fancy, rich art in favour of clean, simple architecture. Palladio wrote his ideas in a book, which was later used to teach different styles of architecture.

Teatro Olimpico, 1580-1585


1. Wolf, Robert E. Renaissance and Mannerist Art. New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1968, p. 250.

2. "Palladio, Andrea." The New Britannica Encyclopedia. 1985, Volume 9, pp. 86-88.

3. Trag, Daniel E. [] "Palladio's Museum." 1995/96.

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