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Palladio: The Complete Buildings Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783836505475
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836505475
  • ASIN: 3836505479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.9 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paolo Marton trained as a bookseller. He has devoted himself to photography since 1977 and has a number of successful publications to his name, including a book of photographs of Rome and the villas of Veneto. Marton works for a number of magazines, and several public exhibitions of his photographs have been held.

Thomas Pape was born in Dortmund in 1963. He studied art history, history and German literature and philology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum.

Manfred Wundram studied art history, archaeology, music history, and German literature. He taught art history at Ruhr University in Bochum for many years and has published widely on Early and High Renaissance.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lupo Montegrigio on January 5, 2010
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First I would like to issue a warning. This book was firstly published in 1989 with a slightly different title (solely 'Palladio'). The addition of 'The complete buildings' is misleading in two ways. It indicates that this is a different book than the 1989 version. But more severly, it promises a look at all his buildings. This is not the case here since there are dozens of omitted buildings that some researches claim are by Palladio and later changed or completed by other architects or simply lost over the centuries (there exists however such a book that aims to be complete and that is 'Andrea Palladio - The Complete Works' by Lionello Puppi from Electa 1975, in Italian 1973).
This said it is good value for your money. The text is short and informative in a easy-reading way. The selection of photos is generally well done. Exteriors and interiors with the original plan of each building. Palaces and villas as well as his churches. A few photos are somewhat grainy (too much enlarged, yes we do notice), but most are fairly good and give you a pretty good impression of the architecture an how the buildings sit in their surroundings. As a first look at or guide to Palladios masterpieces it serves it's purpose. Is your curiosity not satisfied you can move on to some of the many other books on Palladio.
(Written by a Palladio fan who bicycled between the villas to see them all one summer)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Letts Read on March 5, 2009
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For the price this is a good book with an abundance of photographs, unfortunately the quality of the photograph's reproduction is somewhat grainy. I bought this book after having visited some of Palladio's villas and wanted a visual remembrance of the interiors since I was not allowed to take interior pictures so for that purpose and price I'm happy with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Davies on January 2, 2013
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This is a classically well done Taschen book. Lots of good quality pictures and an informative text by a learned author. This is a no-brainer for any enthousiast of architecture (be they professional or amateur), especially if you are interested by Renaissance architecture or the history of architecture itself.

Though, do bear in mind that this is a reprint of a 1980s book and the quality of the pictures is not what we now come to expect with digital photography. That said, you probably won't notice it and it really shouldn't prevent you from buying this book.
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