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Edited by Guido Beltramini & Howard Burns. Venice & London. Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio & Royal Academy of Arts. 2008. First edition. English language edition. Hardback, dust jacket. xvi, 433 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 300 x 250mm (11¾ x 9¾"). 2.7kg. 9781905711246. English. Near fine; a well-preserved copy, jacket preserved with plastic archival cover.The scarce English-language hardback exhibition catalogue for the 2008 show at the Royal Academy, London to mark the quincentenary of Palladio's birth.'Five centuries after his birth, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) remains the most significant figure in the history of Western architecture.His exceptional buildings such as the Villa Rotonda near Vicenza and the great Venetian churches of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Redentore, encapsulate the legacy of Italian Renaissance architectural practice, while his celebrated treatise, I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura ['The Four Books of Architecture', 1570], in which he articulated his theory and understanding of architecture, has guaranteed his enduring influence.Written by the leading authorities on the architect, this book adopts a similar approach to that employed by Palladio in his own writing, with an emphasis on the tangible and practical aspects of his life and work: his buildings, his ideas and the people who played a part in their development. Palladio's drawings are shown as never before, in colour and with enlargements, to enable readers to explore in depth his way of conceiving, creating and communicating architecture.' (from the blurb).