Architectural Drawings of a House
Original Author: Andrea Palladio, architect; Bernard Picart, engraver
Created: 1715
Medium: Engraved architectural drawings

Architectural Drawings of a House

A pair of engravings depicts a sectional drawing (at top) and the elevation plan (at bottom) for a country house in Italy designed by Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century. The house, which Palladio described as "being seated on a hlllock of a most easy ascent," featured a circular central room with a skylight. Thomas Jefferson, who was deeply influenced by Palladio's work, pioneered the use of skylights in America. This page is from Giacomo Levi's 1721 English-language edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), an illustrated treatise on architecture first published in Venice in 1570.

Citation: The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books. NA2517 .P3 1721 v.1 Bks. 1/3. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.