Andrea Palladio

Palladio's Villa La Rotonda, Vicenza

Palladio's Villa La Rotonda, Vicenza

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Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) is the most famous Venetian architect. From his name comes the term "palladiano" (Palladio's style), which refers to a style heavily influenced by Roman and Greek Classicism. Palladio designed many churches, villas and urban residences, especially in Vicenza.

His most significant works are San Giorgio Maggiore, the "La Rotonda" villa  and the Olympic theatre (Vicenza). He influenced many European and American architects. Even the monumental White House in Washington, official residence of the President, takes inspiration from Palladio's architecture.

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