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Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture that adheres to classical concepts. The wide spread of Palladianism was due partly to the private and public buildings he constructed in Italy, the designs of which were copied throughout Europ Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture that adheres to classical concepts. The wide spread of Palladianism was due partly to the private and public buildings he constructed in Italy, the designs of which were copied throughout Europe. But of even greater consequence was his remarkable magnum opus, "I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura"; translated into every major Western European language in the two centuries following its publication in 1570, it has been one of the most influential books in the history of architecture. The Four Books of Architecture offers a compendium of Palladio's art and of the ancient Roman structures that inspired him. The First Book is devoted to building materials and techniques and the five orders of architecture: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite. Palladio indicates the characteristic features of each order and supplies illustrations of various architectural details. The Second Book deals with private houses and mansions, almost all of Palladio's own design. Shown and described are many of his villas in and near Venice and Vicenza (including the famous Villa Capra, or "The Rotunda," the Thiene Palace, and the Valmarana Palace). Each plate gives a front view drawing of the building and the general floor plan. The Third Book is concerned with streets, bridges, piazzas, and basilicas, most of which are of ancient Roman origin. In the Fourth Book, Palladio reproduces the designs of a number of ancient Roman temples. Plates 51 to 60 are plans and architectural sketches of the Pantheon. In all, the text is illustrated by over 200 magnificently engraved plates, showing edifices, either of Palladio's own design or reconstructed (in these drawings) by him from classical ruins and contemporary accounts. All the original plates are reproduced in this new single-volume edition in full size and in clear, sharp detail. This is a republication of the Isaac Ware English edition of 1738. Faithful and accurate in the translation and in its reproduction of the exquisite original engravings, it has long been a rare, sought-after work. This edition makes The Four Books available for the first time in more than 200 years to the English-speaking public.


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Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture that adheres to classical concepts. The wide spread of Palladianism was due partly to the private and public buildings he constructed in Italy, the designs of which were copied throughout Europ Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture that adheres to classical concepts. The wide spread of Palladianism was due partly to the private and public buildings he constructed in Italy, the designs of which were copied throughout Europe. But of even greater consequence was his remarkable magnum opus, "I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura"; translated into every major Western European language in the two centuries following its publication in 1570, it has been one of the most influential books in the history of architecture. The Four Books of Architecture offers a compendium of Palladio's art and of the ancient Roman structures that inspired him. The First Book is devoted to building materials and techniques and the five orders of architecture: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite. Palladio indicates the characteristic features of each order and supplies illustrations of various architectural details. The Second Book deals with private houses and mansions, almost all of Palladio's own design. Shown and described are many of his villas in and near Venice and Vicenza (including the famous Villa Capra, or "The Rotunda," the Thiene Palace, and the Valmarana Palace). Each plate gives a front view drawing of the building and the general floor plan. The Third Book is concerned with streets, bridges, piazzas, and basilicas, most of which are of ancient Roman origin. In the Fourth Book, Palladio reproduces the designs of a number of ancient Roman temples. Plates 51 to 60 are plans and architectural sketches of the Pantheon. In all, the text is illustrated by over 200 magnificently engraved plates, showing edifices, either of Palladio's own design or reconstructed (in these drawings) by him from classical ruins and contemporary accounts. All the original plates are reproduced in this new single-volume edition in full size and in clear, sharp detail. This is a republication of the Isaac Ware English edition of 1738. Faithful and accurate in the translation and in its reproduction of the exquisite original engravings, it has long been a rare, sought-after work. This edition makes The Four Books available for the first time in more than 200 years to the English-speaking public.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    زاهي رستم

    أندريا بالاديو معماري رائع... وقد أسس مدرسة وفلسفة مما ورثه عن فيتروفيوس.. وسميت فلسفته البلادية التي اجتاحت العالم كله.. وقد كان لي الشرف أن أكون واحداً من الفريق الذي نقله إلى العربية.. وهو مشروع نقوم به.. لتعريب العديد من أمهات الكتب، لتعم الفائدة على عموم قراء العربية. كتاب رائع.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Nicely illustrated guide to various classical structures and design laws which Palladio had inferred from studying them. The section on building materials was an interesting case of people stumbling on rules of thumbs (e.g. around sand types) which they didn't quite understand because of a lack of the science of chemistry. Worth it if only for its historical importance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ondřej Šefčík

    Absolute classic for anyone interested in the classical art and architecture.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    მიყვარს პალადიო. მადლობა. მეტს დავწერ შემდეგ, ახლა deadline in 2 hrs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    A classic from the Venetian architect of the 16th century. This is a great translation in modern English. Palladio said all architecture should have "Firmness, Commodity, and Delight." His style was copied by Jefferson and used for the U.S. Capitol, among others. Excellent reference.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    skimmed this, rather than reading the whole text. very technical and dull, but definitely worth glancing at if you have any interest in domestic architecture. also, this was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorites, and you can really see its influence on the architecture of Monticello.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Excellent resource for new "simple rules" for better building design!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vanlilith

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Luke Krzysztofiak

    Outstanding reintroduction to ANDREA PALLADIO. My personal favorite architect.

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    Ned

    I stare at the pictures for hours trying to cement the proportions in my visual memory . . .

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    Ka La

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    Mark Nattier

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