Symposium Will Examine the Continuing Influence of 16th-Century Architect Palladio

The still-resonating influence of a 16th century mason turned architect and philosopher will be explored in a symposium titled “What Modern Times Have Made of Palladio,” to be held Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14, by the Yale School of Architecture.

Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) is often described as the most influential and most copied architect in the Western world. His carefully proportioned, pedimented buildings became models for stately homes and government buildings in Europe and America - including Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. One of many architectural features inspired by Palladio is the popular Palladian window.

Palladio’s “Quattro Libri” (“Four Books of Architecture”) was widely translated, and Palladio’s ideas spread across Europe and into the New World. According to the conference organizers, “Palladio’s ‘Quattro Libri’ gave rise to a variety of readings and solicited critical comparisons between his buildings and ideas.”

The Yale conference is co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and the School of Architecture and was convened by Kurt W. Forster with the assistance of Daniel Sherer.

The event will feature talks revolving around key issues addressed by some of the most eminent Palladio scholars, as well as presentations by architects, who will examine the legacy of Palladio’s book and his buildings for our time. Among the highlights will be a keynote address by Professor Kurt Foster of Yale on the theme “How Many Palladios Can You Count on One Hand? The Metamorphosis of Fame.”

The symposium is free, but reservations are required. For further information, call (203) 432-8621 or send e-mail to

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