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The Perfect House by Witold Rybczynski

The Perfect House - Witold RybczyƄski

bookshelves: art-forms, published-2002, italy, paper-read, nonfiction, architecture, summer-2011, biography, travel

Read on June 26, 2011

For one could not describe as perfect a building which was useful, but only briefly, or one which was inconvenient for a long time, or, being both durable and useful, was not beautiful.

From page 40 - Palladio was following in the footsteps of quattrocento architects such as Filippo Brunelleschi, who was responsible for what is generally considered the first classical building of the Renaissance - the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence.

Shedfulls of added information at the back of the book, along with a map of just where these villas lie. Cracking good fun.



Villa Godi"


Palladian window"




Villa Godi Fresco"


The rusticated temple front of the loggia is surmounted by the Pisani family coat of arms. Villa Pisani"


Villa Poiana showing an arc of circular openings, or oculi"


Inside Villa Poiana"


Palazzi Chiericati"


Villa Foscari is better known as La Malcontenta, supposedly named after an unhappy - and allegedly unfaithful - wife who was locked up there by her suspicious husband."


'Aura' by Zaha Hadid Architects at Palladio’s Villa Foscari


Villa Cornaro" 6 comments


Villa Barbaro"


Villa Barbaro


Villa Badoe


In America, the best known Palladian portico is undoubtedly that of The White House"


Villa Emo in Fanzolo"


Villa Rotonda was the last villa."