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The Perfect House By Witold Rybczynski

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This title reveals the origins of the architecture of the private house, an art first practiced by Andrea Palladio. It reveals why Palladio's villas were so architectually and culturally influential, and critical to such later designs as Monticello and the White House.

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The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio by Witold Rybczynski

The bestselling author of ONE GOOD TURN pursues his most appropriate subject yet: Andrea Palladio, the Shakespeare of Renaissance architects, who gave us the word 'Palladian' but about whom little is known. A journey along the Brenta River in northeastern Italy, just a short distance from Venice, reveals the origin of the architecture of the private house, an art first practiced by Andrea Palladio. Until Palladio began designing simple, gorgeous, perfectly proportioned villas, architectural genius was reserved for temples and palaces. Palladio not only designed and built, he wrote. His 1570 architectural treatise was read and studied by great thinkers as diverse as Thomas Jeffferson and Inigo Jones, and it proved to be critical to the design of Monticello and the White House. More than just a study of one of history's seminal architectural figures, THE PERFECT HOUSE reflects Rybczynski's intimacy with and enthusiasm for his subject. He not only reveals why the villas were so architecurally and culturally influential, he also imparts his enormous affection and admiration for the man who designed them. Embracing the elements of Rybczynski's most successful books on domestic architecture, HOME and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE WORLD this charming, revelatory meditation explores the dawn of domestic architecture, and provides a new way of looking at every building we inhabit or visit today.

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Cheryl MendelsonAuthor of "Home Comforts"Rybczynski leads us through Palladio's beautiful villas, illuminating each room for its own sake and helping us understand what Palladio thought was ?the perfect house' and where so many of our own ideas on that subject have come from. He puts his great historical and architectural knowledge to work to explain private houses?the small, the intimate, the domestic. The result is a delightful and enlightening book, full of warmth and intelligence.

About Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh, raised in Surrey and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada. He is an architect and Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books and his exploration of domestic comfort, HOME, has been translated into eight languages.

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The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio by Witold Rybczynski
Witold Rybczynski
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