POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“Is Palladio Boring?” Guido Beltramini, executive director of the Centro Internazionale dei Studi Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy, will examine the work of the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, during Vassar College Art Department’s Claflin Lecture on Monday, November 23. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, Room 102.
Beltramini will discuss the works of Palladio (1508-80), who designed many classically inspired buildings in northern Italy including the Villa Rotunda, called by some “the most beautiful building in the world.” Palladio’s impact continued long after his death. Most famous for his 1570 architectural treatise, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), Palladio’s legacy greatly influenced architecture during the 17th and 18th centuries and is still influential today. Far from being boring, Beltramini will show Palladio’s extraordinary imaginative capacity elucidating the brilliance of his working methods.
Guido Beltramini has been the director of the Palladio Study Center in Vicenza for 20 years and is the author of numerous books and essays devoted to Palladio. An expert in the architecture of Renaissance Italy, he is also the curator of the forthcoming exhibition dedicated to Palladio, titled Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey, which will open next April at the Morgan Library in New York City. This exhibition will feature original drawings by Palladio that have not been seen by the public in over 30 years, and never shown in New York.
Beltramini has also authored and co-authored several books, including Palladio, with Howard Burns, professor of architectural history at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. The book, published in 2008, examines Palladio’s life, achievements, and architectural designs and celebrated the 500th anniversary of his birth.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Art. Past speakers in the Claflin Lecture series include New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl; architect David Childs; art historians Thomas Crow, Stephen Murray, and Yoshiaki Shimizu; and artists Ellen Altfest, Marc Handleman, Joan Jonas, Ellen King, Karyn Olivier, Erica Svec, and Craig Taylor.
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