Table of Contents from: Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time Preface Palladio's Formation as an Architect Vicenza and Palladio's First Palaces Early Villas and Villeggiatura The Basilica Mature Villas Religious Architecture Bridges The Quattro Libri Palladio's Late Style Maps Chronology Glossary Notes Bibliography Index
Bruce Boucher, Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago, is the author of Italian Baroque Sculpture, the award-winning The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino, and numerous articles on Italian art and architecture. Paolo Marton is the internationally renowned photographer specializing in architecture. His photography appears in Venetian Villas, Venetian Palaces, and several other works.
Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), supremely empirical in his reformulation of classical style, built villas, palaces and churches whose influence echoes in Jefferson's Monticello and the contemporary renewal of classical forms. In this careful, comprehensive, stunningly illustrated survey, Boucher, an art history professor at the University of London, capably illuminates Palladio's stylistic evolution, though he is less successful in placing this elusive, extremely private man in the cultural milieu of the High Renaissance. Among the 300 plates are more than 100 newly commissioned photographs of building interiors and exteriors, which superbly capture Palladio's distincitve blend of simplicity and grandeur. Chapters cover Palladio's elegant wood and stone bridges, his influential treatise Four Books on Architecture and his mature fusion of the monumental and domestic. (May)
Choosing from a field shaped by Raphael, Michelangelo, Bramante, Alberti, et al., Boucher (The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino, Yale Univ. Pr., 1991) focuses on Palladio as one of the earliest modern architects. Not since James Ackerman's Palladio (1967) has this Renaissance master been covered so comprehensively. Heavily laden with stunning original photographs, Boucher's work transports the reader to the reassuring symmetrical classics of an architect who clarified, codified, and influenced architectural form in his own time with his Quattro Libri, which has endured through the centuries into the postmodern era. His early commissions in Vicenza and the succeeding bridges, mature villas, basilicas, and religious works are chronicled here with an attention to detail and careful scholarship that includes an extensive bibliography and glossary; yet architects and students of architecture and Renaissance art will find it both readable and enjoyable. Highly recommended.-Ellen Bates, New York
Praise for Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time "An absolute must for anyone interested in the real history of classical architecture... undoubtedly one of the most important architectural books to be published for some time." - The World of Interiors "In this careful, comprehensive, stunningly illustrated survey, Boucher...capably illuminates Palladio's stylistic evolution...superbly capture[s] Palladio's distinctive blend of simplicity and grandeur." - Publisher's Weekly "A seminal coverage, Andrea Palladio: An Architect in His Time is highly recommended for community library Biography and Architectural Studies collections." - The Midwest Book Review "A professor of fine arts in England, Boucher is an authority on his subject, and he has written a fine work, gracefully summarizing many decades of scholarship...This is the best recent survey of Palladio's career..." - Library Journal