#1185 Doctor Beltramini

We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Bruce Pitts this week, who joins us to report about his recent trip to the Palladio Museum in Vicenza, Italy. He interviewed the director of the museum, Doctor Beltramini, about connections between Thomas Jefferson and Andrea Palladio and how Jefferson was influenced by Palladio in his own architectural work. Palladio is widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of architecture.

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Photographs courtesy Dr. Bruce Pitts except where noted.

The Palladio Museum in Vicenza, built within Palladio’s Barbaran Palace.

The Palladio Museum in Vicenza, built within Palladio’s Barbaran Palace.

Entering the Palladio Museum with a giant image of Mount Rushmore in the courtyard.

Entering the Palladio Museum with a giant image of Mount Rushmore in the courtyard.

The Maison Carre in Nimes, France.

The Maison Carre in Nimes, France.

Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol in Richmond as seen rising above the ruins of the Civil War’s Battle of Richmond. Public domain photograph courtesy U.S. National Archives.

Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol in Richmond as seen rising above the ruins of the Civil War’s Battle of Richmond. Public domain photograph courtesy U.S. National Archives.

Hotel de Salm in Paris, now the home of the French Legion of Honor.

Hotel de Salm in Paris, now the home of the French Legion of Honor.

Jefferson's Monticello. Public domain image courtesy New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Jefferson's Monticello. Public domain image courtesy New York Public Library Digital Collections.

An animated dialogue between Jefferson and Palladio at the exhibit.

An animated dialogue between Jefferson and Palladio at the exhibit.

Villa La Rotonda in Vicenza by Marco Bagarella. Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Villa La Rotonda in Vicenza by Marco Bagarella. Photograph courtesy Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

A section of Palladio's plan for Villa La Rotonda. Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A section of Palladio's plan for Villa La Rotonda. Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A section of Palladio's plan for Villa La Rotonda. Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A section of Palladio's plan for Villa La Rotonda. Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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