The Villas of Palladio
Giovanni Giaconi, Kim Williams
This edition is out-of-print
Publication date: 04/01/2003
|The Renaissance architect and builder Andrea Palladio is unquestionably the most influential architect in Western history. His sixteenth-century villas in the Italian Veneto revolutionized the course of architecture, and the influence of his work is still felt today.
The Villas of Palladio is a collection of exquisite large-format pen-and-ink watercolor renderings of all of Palladio's villas. The meticulous paintings capture the timeless beauty of Palladian architecture and provide a detailed record of these masterpieces. Including a brief description of each villa, samples of artist Giovanni Giaconi's preparatory sketches, and Palladio's own woodcuts reproduced for comparison, this comprehensive book offers a deep understanding of Palladio and the splendors of his work.
Giovanni Giaconi grew up near Vicenza, near the famous villas of Palladio, and has been interested in architecture since childhood. In 1997 he founded Giaconi Publications to make the Venetian architectural heritage available to the public through his original watercolors and prints. Giaconi's works have been exhibited in numerous galleries around the world.
Kim Williams studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked as an architect in New York City and in Florence, Italy. She is director of the conference series "Nexus: Architecture and Mathematics" and has written about the role of geometry, proportion, and scale in the works of Palladio. She lives outside Florence with her husband and son.