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Italian Art Talks – Palladio and Britain

There are a number of like-minded individuals who follow this blog with a good deal of love and appreciation, not only for landscape gardens but also for architecture. Indeed, most people who visit Compton Verney are acutely aware of the wonderful Robert Adam improved mansion that is reflected in the upper pool. I personally have spent many hours, by default, working around and looking at this, and other impressive Palladian buildings.

It is unsurprising therefore that many people who see these wonderful buildings, day after day, up-close and personal so to speak, develop a strong link and fascination for them. This is certainly the case for me, and I spend many a moment on my travels looking at individually carved stone pieces and architectural detail. Often garden walls catch my eye with their ancient thumb prints and old wire supports hidden amongst the mortar joints – walls tell stories!

I’m particularly interested therefore, and you may be too, in a talk that is up-coming at Compton Verney about the sixteenth century architect Andrea Palladio, which is a part of a series of Italian Art Talks, titled: Palladio and Britain.

The website information reads: “Find out about the enormous effect celebrated 16th century architect Palladio had on British architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries, and how a new ‘national style’ was, ironically, built on the example of a long dead Catholic Italian.”

I shall be there on 9th September to listen in, with notebook and wide-eyes to learn about this Palladian style. Vitruvius Britannicus – it must get a mention, and Inigo Jones? Surely!

9 September 2014, 3pm – Part of Viva Italia!

If you’re interested, please follow the link below for booking information.

Italian Art Talks: Palladio and Britain