American Palladianism traces back to exhibition of 31 original drawings by the master

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey at the The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, shows thirty-one original Palladio drawings from the Royal Institute of British Architects. These exquisite drawings, which have been exhibited only once before in America and never in New York, will be on view to the public for the first time in more than thirty years. They are being presented with rare architectural texts to illustrate the journey from Italy to North America of Palladio's design principles of proportion, harmony, and beauty.

Palladio's work has significantly influenced American architecture from colonial times to the present day. Focusing on the artist's original drawings and following the trajectory of his ideas, the show also tracks the story of American Palladianism. The drawings are supported by numerous architectural models. Three large examples - the Pantheon, Villa Rotunda, and Jefferson's unrealized design for the White House - programmatically illustrate the journey from Rome to America. Smaller models, along with rare architectural texts and pattern books through which Palladio's ideas were primarily transmitted, reinforce the themes of the exhibition.

Andrea Palladio
Measured drawing of the Arch of Jupiter Ammon. RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Andrea Palladio, 1508-80, drew inspiration from classical architecture, crafting a new style that met the functional and aesthetic demands of his age. His buildings were realised in a small area of northern Italy, yet his enduring influence on the western world can be attributed to the impact of his book I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura. The exhibition is centred on 31 original Palladio drawings and 6 books from the RIBA's unrivalled collections, alongside bas-reliefs and architectural models. It traces Palladio's architectural development alongside the enormous impact his work had on the architecture of the United States, resulting in new and original interpretations from grand formal buildings to smaller utilitarian structures.

An RIBA Trust exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza and The Morgan Library and Museum, New York.

Curated by Charles Hind and Irena Murray, RIBA British Architectural Library, and Calder Loth, senior historian, Virginia State Historical Service. Models by Timothy Richards.

The exhibition is organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects Trust, London, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, and The Morgan Library and Museum, New York. Plaster models are by Timothy Richards.