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Palladio was the greatest influence on taste ever – but his time is finally up

The Italian architect gave his name to a style that spread around the world. But has Palladianism been too successful for its own good, asks Stephen Bayley

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

Somewhat magnificently, I made the notes for this article sitting in the back of a Rolls-Royce travelling between London and Goodwood. It’s a journey that provides ample evidence of how the classical language of architecture, at least in Palladio’s version, has infiltrated our imaginations and informed our concept of grandeur.

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Palladian Design: the good, the bad and the unexpected, The Architecture Gallery, Riba, 9 September 2015–9 January 2016.

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