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The Drawings of Andrea Palladio

May 17 – July 5, 1981
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries G-11, G-12, G-17, G-18, G-20 (3,000 sq. ft.)

Installation view of The Drawings of Andrea Palladio, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 110 drawings of architectural projects by Andrea Palladio and 20 works by contemporaries and followers were selected by Douglas Lewis, National Gallery curator of sculpture. Shown also were first editions of Quattro Libri, 1570, which made Palladio the most imitated architect in history.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the International Exhibitions Foundation to mark the 400th anniversary of Palladio's death. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting for the National Gallery.

Sponsor: The project was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Fiat S.p.A., Turin, Italy. The catalogue was underwritten in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Attendance: 68,877

Catalog: The Drawings of Andrea Palladio, by Douglas Lewis. Washington, DC: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1981.

Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas

Palladio, Andrea
Italian, 1508 - 1580