Andrea Palladio, 1508 – 1580

March 3, 1585 – The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza.

Palladio was an Italian architect active in the Republic of Venice. Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily by Vitruvius, is widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of architecture. All of his buildings are located in what was the Venetian Republic, but his teachings, summarized in the architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, gained him wide recognition.  The city of Vicenza and the the Palladian Villas of Veneto are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There are many examples of stamps commemorating Palladio.  Here are just a couple:  Italy issued a 20-lire stamp in 1949 honoring Palladio (Scott #524) and Monaco issued a 60-cent stamp in 2008 honoring the 500th anniversary of Palladio’s birthday (Yvert-Tellier #2615).

andrea palladio - italy                  andrea palladio - monaco

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