GLEB SMIRNOV: ANDREA PALLADIO. SEVEN PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNEYS

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On Wednesday, December 6th, MARCH will host a presentation of the book Andrea Palladio. Seven Philosophical Journeys. The author is an art historian, Master of Philosophy at Gregoriana University in Rome Gleb Smirnov. The book’s chapters represent seven fascinating journeys across the former Venetian Republic where Palladio’s villas, his most famous works, are located.

On December 6th, Gleb Smirnov will present his book Andrea Palladio. Seven Philosophical Journeys at MARCH.

Gleb Smirnov is an art historian, Master of Philosophy at Gregoriana University in Rome, who now occupies a position of an observer on the roof of one of Venice’s palaces.

For almost five centuries there hasn’t been a more relevant phenomenon in the art of architecture than this super-architect. His name became a myth. Palladio occupies the same place for the educated people as Le Corbusier for Constructivism, and Gaudí for Modernism: he took the quest of the Renaissance to the final denominator, expressing the cherished ideas of Italian humanists with the rough language of architecture - this is humanism embodied in stone. Palladio revived the forgotten antique architecture and gave it a new life. Moreover, he managed to create a canonical style that later spread all over the world: his genius has been and still is celebrated not only in England or the New World, but also in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, where manor estates of the Russian nobility come straight from the ideas of Palladio, "the architect of all times and nations." It is his style that will shape the new European civilization. All Palladio’s buildings have been declared a historical "heritage of mankind" and are included in the Word Heritage List for a reason.

The chapters of the book represent seven fascinating journeys across the former Venetian Republic where Palladio’s villas, his most famous works, are located. Getting settled among their walls, contemporary guest of an ancient manor built for the patricians of the golden age of Venice will come into contact with the world of ideas that brought to life everything that surrounds him. The book is an attempt to decipher the uneasy language of classical architecture, and from now on, we will see every building not a senseless pile of stone, but a harmonious thought of its creator.

The presentation will start at 19:00.

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