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Adrea Palladio, his life and legacy

By David Killen  

The final item in the Royal Academy’s new exhibition is a smallish painting by Canaletto. Almost inevitably it is a view of Venice, but this is an unfamiliar Venice: an imaginary city presented as if conceived and constructed entirely by Palladio. A metaphysical composition of perfect harmony in the best of all possible worlds.

There is a problem in mounting an exhibition devoted to the work of an architect. Architects design buildings…

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