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March 11, 2010

Next month the Morgan Library and Museum presents a rare opportunity to see original drawings from one of the most influential classical architects in history, Andrea Palladio. Principles of symmetry, balance, and proportion all stem from Palladio's studies of Roman ruins, and his work on country villas near Venice has influenced Western architecture for centuries. Check out our slideshow to see a sneak peek at a few of the thirty drawings that will be on display, many of which haven't been seen in decades, as well as a few architectural models that will also be included in the exhibition.

Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, 1715. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, 1715. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Facade design for the church of Il Redentore, Venice, ca. 1576. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Facade design for the church of Il Redentore, Venice, ca. 1576. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of United States Supreme Court, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of United States Supreme Court, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Measured drawing of the Arch of Jupiter Ammon, Verona, ca. 1540. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Measured drawing of the Arch of Jupiter Ammon, Verona, ca. 1540. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of Pantheon, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of Pantheon, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of Villa Rotunda Model, by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of Villa Rotunda Model, by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Design for a Palace, early 1540s. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Design for a Palace, early 1540s. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of Drayton Hall, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of Drayton Hall, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Design for Palazzo Civena, Vincenza, ca. 1539. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Design for Palazzo Civena, Vincenza, ca. 1539. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of Monticello, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of Monticello, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Frontispiece to Andrea Palladio’s I Quatro libri dell’architettura, 1570. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Frontispiece to Andrea Palladio’s I Quatro libri dell’architettura, 1570. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of United States Capitol, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of United States Capitol, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Conjectural reconstruction of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome, 1540s. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Conjectural reconstruction of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome, 1540s. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Plaster model of Pantheon, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Plaster model of Pantheon, Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, 1715. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, 1715. Image courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

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