Tag Archives: Palladio

A dream book of Venice

A book of lovely photographs that capture the spirit of Venice was sent to me a while back by its editor, JoAnn Locktov, after I’d reviewed If Venice Dies, by Salvatore Settis, the Italian art historian. In Locktov’s book, Dream … Continue reading

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Revolutionary new museum!

About a year ago, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown was completed, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center – a quotidian slanty modernist version of colonial (it is brick) – with a classical, quasi-Palladian building of considerable merit. Today, Virginia senior … Continue reading

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Where eagles darechitecture

This startling proposal of a supertallsuperthin residential tower showed up on TradArch the other day, sent by David Rau, who objects to the machined element of its ornament. His email set off a long debate about natural and unnatural materials … Continue reading

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Names of feelings we’ve felt

The article “23 Emotions We all Feel But Don’t Know the Names of” is a list of made-up words for inchoate or unsettling thoughts we’ve all had (mostly). It is quite interesting, more in the feelings author Bobby Popovic identifies … Continue reading

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De Botton contra Ionic Villa

Above is a photo of a Palladian mansion in London’s Regent Park designed by Quinlan Terry, completed in 1990. It is really quite undeniably beautiful. Really? Undeniably? Well, maybe not quite. “We might expect the house,” writes critic Alain de … Continue reading

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Just for the Palladiophobes

Here is a brief quote from Humberto Eco’s Prague Cemetery that might shiver some timbers, or not: And I could tell you about the Knights Templar and Scottish Freemasonry, about the Rite of Herodom, the Rite of Swedenborg, the Rite … Continue reading

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The first Palladiophiliac

Sir Robert Walpole is said to have been Britain’s first prime minister, a fact that many people know. How many people know that he was also Britain’s first Palladiophiliac? The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating piece, “The Singular Style … Continue reading

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Palladio the Erroneous

Along with Calder Loth, in his latest essay for the Classicist Blog at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, I mean no disrespect to Andrea Palladio, the 16th Century architect and teacher of classicism. His influence on architecture has … Continue reading

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