The Four Books on Architecture

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MIT Press, 2002 - Architecture - 436 pages
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The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio was one of the most influential figures that the field of architecture has ever produced. For classical architects, the term Palladian stands for a vocabulary of architectural forms embodying perfection and beauty. Of even greater significance than Palladio's buildings is his treatise I quattro libri dell'architettura (The Four Books On Architecture), the most successful architectural treatise of the Renaissance and one of the two or three most important books in the literature of architecture. First published in Italian in 1570, it has been translated into every major Western language.This is the first English translation of Palladio in over 250 years, making it the only translation available in modern English. Until now, English-language readers have had to rely mostly on a facsimile of Isaac Ware's 1738 translation and the eighteenth-century engravings prepared for that text. This new translation by Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield contains Palladio's original woodcuts, reproduced in facsimile and positioned correctly, adjacent to the text. The book also contains a glossary that explains technical terms in their original context, a bibliography of recent Palladio research, and an introduction to Palladio and his times.The First Book discusses building materials and techniques, as well as the five orders of architecture: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite. Palladio describes the characteristics of each order and illustrates them. The Second Book discusses private town houses and country estates, almost all designed by Palladio. The Third Book discusses streets, bridges, piazzas, and basilicas, most of ancient Roman origin. The Fourth Book discusses ancient Roman temples, including the Pantheon.

  

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4 BKS ON ARCHITECTURE

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Perhaps the most influential practitioner in the history of Western architecture and one of the earliest neoclassicists, Palladio created a singular corpus of architecture, the legacy of which is seen ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK
5
i
49
BOOK
55
Palazzo Porto Vicenza ground plan and long section
84
Palazzo Valmarana Vicenza in plan and elevation
92
Palazzo Montano Barbarano Vicenza in plan and elevation
98
The Convent of the Carita Venice in plan and long section
106
A private house of the ancient Romans in plan and long section
115
The ancient stone bridge at Rimini in plan and elevation
186
The other stone bridge at Vicenza in plan and elevation
192
The public squares of the Romans in sectional elevation plan and partial detail
198
Part elevation of the end bays of the portico of the Basilica at Vicenza
205
Frontispiece to Book IV
211
The Temple of Mars the Avenger and its enclosure in plan elevation and part sectional
226
The Temple of Jupiter Stator in elevation
279
Half of the elevation of the portico and the main body of the Pantheon
288

BOOK
124
Villa Badoer at Fratta Polesine in plan and elevation
126
Villa Mocenigo at Marocco in plan and elevation
132
Villa Trissino at Meledo di Sarego in plan and elevation
138
Villa Serego at Santa Sofia near Verona in plan and sectional elevation
145
A project for Palazzo Angarano in Vicenza in plan and elevation
153
Frontispiece to Book III
159
A project for a wooden bridge across the Cismone at Bassano del Grappa for Count Gia
176
Details of the capital base plinth and entablature of the interior tabernacles of the Pan
296
The Temple of Vesta at Tivoli in plan
303
One of the temples at Pola in plan with elevation of plinth and base details alongside
320
BOOK
346
Notes
368
English and Italian Glossary by Richard Schofield
379
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Richard Schofield is Professor of Architectural History at the Instituto universitario di architettura at Venice (IUAV). He is coauthor of books on Giovanni Antonio Amadeo and Pellegrino Pellegrini.

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