Mrs. Hoerle’s Italian V Honors–Project on Andrea Palladio

The first part of the Italian V unit on Beauty and Aesthetics examines the architectural style of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). The topic gives students a chance to review concepts they learned the previous year about the Italian Renaissance, before delving into modern art. Andrea Palladio’s interpretation of classical models was so unique that it was considered a new architectural style called “Palladian.” This style became very popular first in Europe and then, starting in the mid-eighteenth, in the United States. In fact, there are remarkable examples of Palladian-style buildings in New York City, South Carolina, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia, and, especially, Washington DC. After learning the key traits of Palladian style, students paired up to identify two buildings, one in Italy and one in the United States, that are so similar that they can be considered “twin” buildings. After drawing the two buildings, each student and his/her partner co-wrote essays in which they compared and contrasted the buildings they had chosen using the new vocabulary and transition words that they had learned. Students found this project very exciting and rewarding because it gave them a chance to see the influence of Italian architecture in the United States. Many of them plan to view the Palladian-style buildings they researched first hand … both in the United States and in Italy.



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