Exhibition and Conference: ‘Palladio and His Legacy’

Posted in conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on June 7, 2011

This show which was at the Morgan last summer opens at Notre Dame with a full conference this weekend. My sense is that the exhibition functions rather differently in these two venues — one might think not only about the reception of Palladio but also the reception of the exhibition. From the Snite website:

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, 2 April — 1 August 2010
National Building Museum, Washington D.C., 2 September 2011 — 30 January 2011
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, 5 June — 31 July 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 3 September — 31 December 2011

Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, ca. 1715, engraved after Sebastiano Ricci (RIBA British Architectural Library)

This traveling exhibition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, offers a rare opportunity to see thirty-one drawings by the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio, along with seven books, fifteen models of related buildings, and eight bas-reliefs of some of the drawings (3-D projections of architectural drawings).

The Late Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio (Italian, 1508–1580) is the most influential architect of the last 500 years. His architecture synthesized the lessons of the ancient Romans with the achievements of his predecessors and contemporaries, including Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Palladio’s mastery of the classical orders, proportion, and harmony was unparalleled. His projects in Venice and the surrounding region set new standards in design and redefined the potential of the art form, especially for domestic structures.

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From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, 10-12 June 2011

Bringing together scholars, practitioners, educators, and students from various disciplines, the conference will explore how the Palladian tradition inspires the evolution of classical architecture. One of the most influential architects in history, 16th-century Italian Andrea Palladio’s impact is evident throughout the United States. Buildings such as the White House, the U. S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the National Gallery of Art bear his imprint. Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello, is modeled after Palladio’s famed Villa Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy. Conference participants will reconnect Palladian ideals to the living tradition that has informed these icons of American democracy and continue to shape vital paradigms for sustainable architecture and urbanism. Two exhibitions, Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the New Palladians, an exhibition of 50 international classical architects’ work in the Bond Hall Gallery, also will be held in conjunction with the conference.

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