Art: The Architect of Reason

Palladio: the very name is suggestive, evoking pedimented villas on the bank of the foggy Brenta, the symmetrical façade of Venice's Church of the Redentore, and white porticos glimpsed through Deep South veils of Spanish moss. Palladio died almost 400 years ago, but he was the most imitated architect in history; even today his name remains synonymous with flawless precision and proportion. He was, and still is, the Mozart of his profession. Though 1973 marks no special anniversary in his life, one of Italy's most interesting tourist attractions this summer is a huge...

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