Friday, July 20, 2012


His villas show no similar process of development.   In the 1550s he evolved a formula for the ideal villa – a central block of ruthlessly symmetrical plan, developed externally with a portico and continued by long wings of farm buildings, either extended horizontally or curved forward in quadrants, as at La Badoera (c. 1550 – 1560) and linking the villa with the surrounding landscape.

       --  From The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture

Beauty will result from the form and the correspondence of the whole, with respect to the several parts, of the parts with regard to each other, and of these again to the whole; that the structure may appear an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other, and all necessary to compose what you intend to form.     

       -- Andrea Palladio, 1570:  I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura ("The four books of architecture").

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