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RIBA Palladio drawings to debut in New York

More than 30 drawings by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) from the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Trust will be shown in New York for the first time ever in an exhibition looking at Palladio’s enormous influence on American architecture.

The exhibition, 'Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey', will be on display at the Morgan Library and Museum from 2 April – 1 August 2010 before moving to Milwaukee and Pittsburgh in 2011.

Through both his book 'I Quattro Libri dell’Architecttura', translated into English and widely available at the time, and the popularisation of his ideas in builders’ pattern books, Palladio became a primary source of inspiration for 18th century American builders. Some of America’s most ambitious public buildings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries reflect his resurrection of classical architecture. These include the Supreme Court, National Gallery of Art in Washingto, D.C. and the New York Stock Exchange.

The exhibition will show the development of Palladio’s style from his early drawings to the impact of Roman texts on his interpretation of classical architecture. The display includes 31 of Palladio’s drawings alongside “I Quattro Libri,” pattern books and models of Palladio’s buildings and of American buildings inspired by his classical style by renowned model maker Timothy Richards.

To celebrate the quincentenary of Palladio’s birth the RIBA Trust launched a website examining the life and legacy of Palladio and the influence of his architecture on Britain, a key stepping stone to his influence on American architecture.

The exhibition is curated by the RIBA Trust, which owns over 330 of Palladio’s 380 surviving original drawings.

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