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Palladio [Hardcover]

Taschen Publishing
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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen's 25th anniversary ed edition (25 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783836505475
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836505475
  • ASIN: 3836505479
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 25.1 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No other architect in the history of Western art has had an influence so spontaneous and yet so enduring as Andrea Palladio. Palladianism broke through all cultural stylistic barriers. It spread not only throughout the Neo-Latin nations but held Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the countries of Eastern Europe in its sway and formed the lineaments of English architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Palladio lived in an age which was extremely exciting for the historical development of architecture and his work was an important factor in the evolution from Renaissance to Baroque. This volume offers a thorough introduction to the architecture of Palladio and includes all works which researchers have attributed to him. Format: 24,5 sm h 31 sm. Izdanie na angliyskom yazyke.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Beautiful Book 7 April 2009
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Thanks to Paolo Marton's photographs, this is a very beautiful book. There are artfully shot exteriors of all the buildings, including some very romantic shots of villas on the verge of decay, and some stunning shots of frescoed interiors. Judging by the models of car appearing in some of the shots of Vicenza, Marton has delved way back into his own archives for this book; but that is not a criticism. The photographs are supplemented by numerous plans, sections and elevations, though not in all cases. Disappointingly there are few photographs of church interiors and a few double page spreads appear grainy and over enlarged.
The text by Pape and Wundram contains some interesting archival research, but is very much the work of art historians rather than architects. Notably they (or their translator) seem to have problems with some architectural terms. "Gable" is used repeatedly instead of "pediment"; possibly Palladio also did this, but in English "pediment" conveys an idea of a formal architectural element that "gable" does not. Some of the entries are rather short; this is not an academic thesis or a comprehensive gazetteer. The maps indicating the locations of the buildings do only that, there is no further information that would be useful to visitors.
Overall an attractive coffee table book with an intelligent text, but not the definitive work on Palladio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vicarious Grand Tour! 9 Nov 2009
A perfect starter kit for someone who, like myself, was just about to travel to Italy to look at some of Palladio's villas and palaces. Nice big pictures of (almost) all his buildings with a perfectly adequate translation of the words that go with them, giving both architectural and historical interest. The map near the end allowed me to begin planning an itinerary to see as many of them as I could in 4 days. My enjoyment of the buildings in the flesh was hugely enhanced by having looked through this book - and the cost was minimal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palladio 5 Jun 2014
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This is a beautiful book as one would expect from Taschen. The photographs are of the highest quality and the descriptions are scholarly. A must for anyone interested in Palladio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 26 Feb 2013
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Beautiful photography is accompanied by an intriguing biography of Palladio, his schooling, travels, inspiration and contributions to architecture. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 July 2014
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Beautiful book. A very useful guide to Palladio
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