Palladio's Book IV: Four and a Half Centuries of Inspiration with Calder Loth
1.5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 1.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
Andrea Palladio’s The Four Book on Architecture is unquestionably the most influential architectural treatise ever written. The treatise’s Book IV consists of Palladio’s illustrations and descriptions of twenty-five Roman temples. From his study of their ruins Palladio produced ninety-seven pages of elevations, sections, plans, and details depicting his concepts of the temples’ original appearance. His lavish plates offered for the first time a credible vision of the grandeur and beauty of ancient Roman design. Book IV’s seductive images have served as a primary design source for many great classical works henceforth. This video lecture offers a glimpse of the riches of Book IV and presents numerous examples of structures that drew inspiration from Palladio’s plates. A primary intent of this presentation is to encourage current practitioners to mine Book IV’s many resources for enriching contemporary classicism.
About the Presenter
Calder Loth is Senior Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Advisory Council. He was the recipient of the 2010 ICAA Board of Directors Honor Award and the 2017 Virginia AIA Honor Award for significant contributions to the understanding of Virginia's built environment. He is the author of Congressional Resolution 259 honoring the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andrea Palladio, passed unanimously.
- Learn how specific temples have influenced numerous classical style works.
- Learn the ancient sources for popular classical motifs and details.
- Understand how Palladio devised conjectural reconstructions from fragmentary ruins.
- Learn the impact of Book IV on American public architecture.
- Recognize Book IV as a design source for contemporary classicism.
Course Navigation and Review Questions
As you watch the video, you can browse by subject using the course outline and timestamps below. As you progress through the video, you can follow along with optional (ungraded) review questions here to help assess your understanding of the material.
0:00: Introduction and Impact
9:30: Temples in Book IV & Their Use as Precedents
40:55: Details in Book IV & Their Use as Precedents
54:20: Desgodetz & Conclusions
Assessment & Credit
Viewers may receive 1.5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 1.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture by watching this video and subsequently scoring at least 70% on a summative assessment that tests your understanding of the material. For more information on Continuing Education credit, please email [email protected], or call 212-730-9646 x 112.
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Course Delivery Type: On-Demand e-learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: November 19, 2023
Provider Number: G193
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