VILLAS of PALLADIO
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Author: Giovanni Giaconi with text by Kim Williams
152 pages, 100 four-color plates
12 x 9", 30.5 x 22.8 cm
Publication date October 2003
Renaissance architect and builder Andrea Palladio is arguable the most
influential architect in Western history, and certainly the most beloved.
His sixteenth-century villas in the Italian Veneto revolutionized the
course of architecture, and the principles on which he based his work
are still felt today.
For the past several years, Italian watercolorist Giovanni Giaconi has
devoted his talents to creating exquisite large-format pen-and-ink watercolor
renderings of all thirty-two of Palladios villas. Each drawing captures
the timeless beauty of Palladian architecture and provides a detailed
record of these masterpieces. Together with brief descriptions of each
villa, samples of Giaconis preparatory sketches, and where available,
Palladios own woodcuts, these works of art leave a deep impression
of Palladios oeuvre and give the reader an opportunity to compare
the original designs with the actual buildings and their present state
This beautiful book is a must-have and the perfect gift for architects,
travelers, and lovers of Italy and Palladios architecture.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press. New York 2003.
TRADITIONAL HOME, September 2005:
For armchair travelers, try Italian watercolorist Giovanni Giaconi's beautifully illustrated The Villas of Palladio, which includes American architect Kim Williams' brief descriptions of each villa.
ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, September 2003:
"...carefully scaled, meticulously detailed, lovingly colored...the watercolors form a wonderful historical record of the villas' condition today."