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Palladio Tour
Italy, Venice - Padova - Vicenza
Venice Italy
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Palladio Tour
GENERAL DESCRIPTION   On-site study of the Architecture and Urbanism of Andrea Palladio.

         For centuries students of architecture have visited Venice and the Veneto to study the work of the 16th century Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio.  This is so because of the inherent beauty of the built works and their corresponding landscapes and also because Palladio's work is a testimony to a political culture and humanist ideal which would resonate throughout the world.  Jefferson's reliance on Palladio's conception of architecture is explained as much by the practical content evident in Palladio's drawings and buildings, as it is by the ability of his work, individually and collectively, to project a cultural ideal.  In Jefferson's case it would be the political program of a new republic, manifest in reassembled pediments and columns against the geography of a new world.

In winter time, the city of Venice and its region of influence, the Veneto, are most beautiful and evocative as the mist from the ocean moves across the "Lagoon" and the marshes of this extraordinary geography.  The architecture of Andrea Palladio, in the city and the territory, is impacted by this northern winter light, luminous and clear.  This program proposes a visit to the city of Venice and to the work of Andrea Palladio.  The artistic and cultural heritage of the city, present along its canals and squares, in museums and churches, expose a dazzling culture, which spans a thousand years.  In Palladio's architecture this extraordinary legacy is manifest in the theory behind the works and the buildings themselves.  The program would include visits to the specific work of Palladio in Venice and Vicenza but also the cultural sphere which affected his work such as the painting schools of Venice and the frescoes of Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova, as well as the influential work of Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano in Mantova.  Students will be asked to produce a travel journal where the works visited can be recorded and analyzed.

The travel journal is an important tool for the student of Architecture for two reasons:  One, it allows the architect to document and illustrate buildings visited, often once in a lifetime, to a degree useful as a reference or model in practice.  The travel journal may also be useful as the exercise of freehand drawing, particularly field drawings or field sketches.  The drawings can be of varied scales and emphasize different aspects of a project or construction.  The siting of a building in a given landscape, or its position within a city or town fabric, for instance, can yield powerful, lyrical even, sketches and drawings.  The large scale construction detail is accessible as well from personal observations of a building "in-situ."  Throughout history the sketch and the freehand drawing have been a valuable resource to the architect and thus a much desired skill.  Among the drawings an architect might produce, the field sketch is a very telling document for the study of the work of individual architects, because they can reveal the point of view from where an architect studies a building.  The sketches by Asplund of Sicilian "piazze" and carnivals, as an example, explain his designs for buildings such as the Skandia Cinema and the Stockholm Public Library.

In the travel journal students will document in drawing form and written text different aspects of Palladio's work employing the criteria explained by Leon Battista Alberti in the chapter titled "Lineaments" from the first book of his treaty the Re-Aedificatoria.  This treatise written in 1486 had a great influence in the development of a humanist theory of architecture and would orient Palladio in the writing of his own work: The Four Books of Architecture.  Location, Area, Compartition, Wall, Opening and Roof are, according to Alberti, "the elements of which the whole matter of building is composed", and, for the purpose of this itinerant study of the work of Andrea Palladio, the subjects of drawing exercises.



Italy, Venice - Padova - Vicenza
123 Piazzeta San Marco
Venice 30122

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Dec 19, 2012 5:09 PM
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