The Villas of Palladio
Giovanni Giaconi, Kim WilliamsISBN: 1568983964;
The Renaissance architect and builder Andrea Palladio is arguable the most influential architect in Western history, and certainly the most beloved. His sixteenth-century villas in the Italian Veneto revolutionized the course of architecture, and the principles on which he based his work are still felt today. For the past several years, Italian watercolorist Giovanni Giaconi has devoted his talents to creating exquisite large-format pen-and-ink watercolor renderings of all thirty-two of Palladio?s villas. Each drawing captures the timeless beauty of Palladian architecture and provides a detailed record of these masterpieces. Together with brief descriptions of each villa, samples of Giaconi?s preparatory sketches, and where available, Palladio?s own woodcuts, these works of art leave a deep impression of Palladio?s oeuvre and give the reader an opportunity to compare the original designs with the actual buildings and their present state of conservation. This...
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