There is no other architect whose name has been adopted to denote a style of architecture that has been used throughout the world – Palladian.
Of course, the elements of his work have been refined and used by others to create their own styles but Palladio’s book ‘The Four Books of Architecture’ can be seen not so much as a record of his work but as a template of ideas. His legacy is greater than the buildings he left behind. Some of those buildings are shown here – including Villa Capra ‘La Rotonda’. His influence on the English country house design and what became known as neo-classical, as practiced by Robert Adam, Sir John Soane, Inigo Jones and countless others is clear to see.