From Mythos to Logos: Andrea Palladio
, Freemasonry, and the Triumph of Minerva
Nablus: A terracotta-tiled dome pokes up above an avenue of cypress trees, crowning a creamy classical villa that bears the unmistakable influence of the great Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio
(ALI) chair Fernando Zobel de Ayala was awarded the Andrea Palladio
International Prize at this year's Dedalo
PETER EISENMAN'S LATEST BOOK offers a provocative interpretation of Andrea Palladio
's reinvention of classical order that has as much to say about the present predicament of architectural practice as it does about the sixteenth century Veneto in which the celebrated Renaissance architect lived and worked.
No expense was spared in the creation of Palladio, whose design was inspired by Andrea Palladio
, the celebrated 16th-century Venetian architect.
He dismissed Andrea Palladio
as unimportant and excoriated his work, especially the church of II Redentore.
One can think of the four symmetrical outriggers/porches as a reinterpretation of the geometry and ordering principles of say, Andrea Palladio
's Villa Rotunda, which in turn represented a rediscovery of ancient architectural principles.
Our group of inquisitive visitors was given the grand tour of Villa La Rotonda, Andrea Palladio
's masterpiece, by owner Nicolo Valmarana, impeccably but casually attired in a pale blue cashmere sweater, who announced enigmatically: "In the Veneto water is nothing and blood is wine."
Eyewitnesses describe the architectural splendor of the theatre (designed by Andrea Palladio
), the magnificent perspective scenery (created by Vincenzo Scamozzi), the elegant costumes (by Giambatista Manganza), the lavishly dressed nobles seated in the audience, and the heartrending effects of the performance, directed by Angelo Ingegneri (1550-1613), well-known throughout late-Renaissance Italy for his expert staging of tragedy.
To give thanks for the ending of the Plague, the Doge, Alvise I Mocenigo, promised to build a magnificent church, and commissioned the famous architect, Andrea Palladio
, to oversee this.