The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 9, 2003 - Architecture - 320 pages
"Palladio is the Bible," Thomas Jefferson once said. "You should get it and stick to it." With his simple, gracious, perfectly proportioned villas, Andrea Palladio elevated the architecture of the private house into an art form during the late sixteenth century -- and his influence is still evident in the ample porches, columned porticoes, grand ceilings, and front-door pediments of America today.

In The Perfect House, bestselling author Witold Rybczynski, whose previous books (Home, A Clearing in the Distance, Now I Sit Me Down) have transformed our understanding of domestic architecture, reveals how a handful of Palladio's houses in an obscure corner of the Venetian Republic should have made their presence felt hundreds of years later and halfway across the globe. More than just a study of one of history's seminal architectural figures, The Perfect House reflects Rybczynski's enormous admiration for his subject and provides a new way of looking at the special landscapes we call "home" in the modern world.

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THE PERFECT HOUSE: A Journey with the Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio

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Impressionistic, personal walking tour of a handful of Andrea Palladio's villas, during which Rybczynski reins in his obvious excitement and delight in the work, creating an irresistible tension ... Read full review

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Rybczynski offers an interesting biography of Andrea Palladio and a selection of his works. Although a Renaissance architect, Palladio’s building techniques and influences will be readily recognized ... Read full review


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Witold Rybczynski is the bestselling author of ten books, including Home, City Life, and A Clearing in the Distance, for which he won a Christopher Award and J. Anthony Lukas Prize. A regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Review of Books, he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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