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Eisenman Inside Outby Peter Eisenman
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and#160;Many historians of architecture have viewed the villas of Andrea Palladio (1508andndash;1580) as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles described in his treatise The Four Books of Architecture (I Quattro Libri dellandrsquo;Architettura). Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books illustrate Palladioandrsquo;s built work, redrawn the way he wanted it to be. In this groundbreaking new study, American architect and educator Peter Eisenman analyzes twenty of Palladioandrsquo;s villas, offering a radical interpretation of the Renaissance masterandrsquo;s work.
Working from an architectandrsquo;s perspective, Eisenman, with Matt Roman, shows the evolution of Palladioandrsquo;s villas from those that exhibit classical symmetrical volumetric bodies to others that exhibit no bodies at all, just fragments in a landscape. This conclusion stands in stark contrast to studies that emphasize principles of ideal symmetry and proportion in Palladioandrsquo;s work. Featuring more than 300 new analytic drawings and models, this handsome book is an important addition to the corpus of Palladian studies and a testament to Palladioandrsquo;s lasting place in contemporary architectural thought.
This long-awaited reassessment of Andrea Palladioandrsquo;s canonical villas by renowned architect and educator Peter Eisenman challenges widely accepted interpretations of the Renaissance architectandrsquo;s work.
In Palladio Virtuel, renowned American architect and educator Peter Eisenman offers a new analysis of the architecture of Renaissance master Andrea Palladio (1508andndash;1580). Many historians have viewed Palladioandrsquo;s villas as physical manifestations of the classical architectural principles he described in his treatise, The Four Books of Architecture. Written toward the end of his life, The Four Books include illustrations of his built work, which Palladio redrew as he wanted them to be.
In this groundbreaking new study, Eisenman, working from the point of view of an architect, analyzes these drawings to produce a radical interpretation of Palladioandrsquo;s work. The basis for this interpretation is found in 20 Palladian villas, which began from a classical symmetrical volumetric body and gradually became villas with no body at all, just fragments in a landscape. This handsomely designed book includes more than 300 new analytic drawings and a model of each villa. A classic addition to the corpus of Palladian studies, Palladio Virtuel is a testament to Palladioandrsquo;s lasting place in contemporary architectural thought.
Selected Writings, 1963-1988. Theoretical perspectives in architectural history and criticism.
About the Author
Peter Eisenman is the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture, and principal of Eisenman Architects in New York. Matt Roman is an architect and teacher in New York.
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