ANDREA PALLADIO: (b. Padua, Italy 1508; d. Vicenza, Italy 1580)
Andrea Palladio was born in Padua, Italy in 1508. He worked as an assistant in a Vicenza guild of masons and stone-cutters before he met the amateur architect, Giangiorgio Trissino, who took him under his wing and renamed him Andrea Palladio.
After a series of commissions executed in the Classic tradition, Palladio worked with Daniele Barbaro on a new edition of Vitruvius. His early commissions consisted primarily of palaces and villas for the aristocracy, but he began to design religious buildings in the 1560s. In 1570 he published his theoretical work I Quattro Libri dell 'Architettura.. In the same year, he was appointed architectural adviser to the Venetian Republic.
Although influenced by a number of Renaissance thinkers and architects, Palladio's ideas resulted independently of most contemporary ideas. Creatively linked to the artistic traditions of Alberti and Bramante, Palladio used principles that related to art and forms that related to nature to generate his architecture.
Palladio's architecture and theories embodied Renaissance architectural thought in the second half of the sixteenth century. He established a successful and lasting way of recreating ancient classicism.
Palladio died in Vicenza, Italy in 1580.
References Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p118-119.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
The paintings and drawings of David Keith Braly combine elements of architecture, landscape, and ornamental detail into images that are expressive and interpretive of their immediate surroundings and evocative of their historical precedents.
His work is handcrafted and refined with line and color. The ultimate goal is enhancing the proportion, scale and character of the living environment. Furthermore, Braly’s work is about the multitude of ideas received from looking at architecture: its formal impressions of plans, elevations, gardens or public squares, and its poetic impressions of color, textures and atmosphere - the ease of drama of the experience at hand, or later recalled.
Braly uses cultural artifacts as generators for his artwork, believing their references provide a meaningful environment for contemporary living. As in the tradition of the 18th century Grand Tour, David has supplemented his formal studies with extensive travel to Italy, where he sketched and painted but also measured ornaments, rooms, gardens and buildings.
Braly’s clients include noted designers and architects, such as John Saladino and Bobby McAlpine, who have commissioned residential murals in his expressive style. Published in HOUSE & GARDEN, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, and THE NEW YORK TIMES, Braly was honored in 1994 with the Classical American Award for Painting for his full scale depictions of classical ornamentation.