Tusculum Institute's Spring Lecture




Sponsored by the Tusculum Institute and
the Virginia Department of Historic Resources


ABSTRACT: 2008 commenced a several-year celebration of the 500th anniversary of Andrea Palladio's birth. Although Palladio is a name unfamiliar to most Americans, this 16th-century Italian has had an immeasurable impact on our county's architectural image. His descriptions of the classical orders have served as a textbook for generations of American architects. His designs for villas have influenced the appearance of countless American houses from the colonial period to the present. Thomas Jefferson, Palladio's premier American champion, declared Palladio's treatise I Quattro Libri to be the "Bible" for architecture. In his own works such as Monticello, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia State Capitol, Jefferson provided the nation with precedent-setting models based on Palladian principles. Finally, Palladio's restoration drawings of ancient Roman monuments became a primary source of inspiration for some of the most ambitious works of the "American Renaissance" of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Even five hundred years following his birth, Palladio continues to offer us lessons for a civil and timeless architecture.

Questions? Contact Dr Lynn Rainville