Aldrich, Henry; Smyth, Philip [Übers.]
The Elements Of Civil Architecture: According To Vitruvius And Other Ancients, And The Most Approved Practice Of Modern Authors, Especially Palladio — London, 1789 [Cicognara, 395]

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the vague and ssuctuating use of the best authorities
to system, and rendered the detail of that system
easy in practice. Of fruitful yet sober invention;
ever attentive to propriety and convenience; solid,
Ample and majestic, in great works , elegant and
chaste in such as required the attraction of orna-
ment ; as quick in availing himself of the advan-
tages of site, as dextrous in eluding the constraints,
or impediments, it might oppose to his designs $
had he lived nearer the times when philosophy (i. e„
reason and nature) was to fix the principles of the
fine arts, he had left us an Architecture (of finite
intellect we can at bet say) only not perfect.
Andrea Palladio1 was born at Vicenza A. D»
1508, on the 30th of November, St. Andrew’s day,
whence the choice of his christian name. Plis earliest
application was to sculpture but, having the good
sortune to attract the notice of his illustrious towns-
man Count John George Trissino,* who discovered

i Andrea Palladio born 1508, died 1580, set. 72.
* Son of Gaspar Trissino, and Cecilia Bevilacqua of a noble
family in Verona, born at Vicenza A. D. 1478. Though he loll
his father when but ieven years old, his education was so well con-
ducted that he became one of the mo st knowing and accomplished
noblemen os his time. He was instrudfted in Greek, at Milan, by
Demetrius Chalcondyles. When 22 years old he went to Rome,
in view to improve himself by conversation with the many learned
men resident there. On his return, at 24, he married a lady of
his own name and family; but still continued his savourite studies,
particularly those os Poetry and Architecture. He gave the de-
lign for reforming, and in good part rebuilding, his seat at Cricoli
near Vicenza, commonly ascribed 'to Palladio; who, probably, only
luperin tended
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