The Influence of the Archive: The Afterlives of Palladio’s Drawings

VARI and V&A+RIBA joined forces for an Architecture Partnership Workshop with VARI Visiting Professor, Guido Beltramini.  Guido Beltramini, Director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, is one of the world’s leading expert in Palladio. During his time with VARI, he will be working on a complete catalogue of the architect’s drawings in the RIBA collection, a project commissioned by RIBA.

At the workshop, participants looked closely at drawings from the unrivalled holdings of the V&A and the RIBA to explore the impact of Andrea Palladio’s drawings on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architectural practice in Britain. The session explored Palladio’s drawings, in dialogue with drawings by those who owned or saw Palladio’s drawings in the subsequent generation, including Inigo Jones (1573–1652), John Webb (1611-1672), William Talman (1650-1719), Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) and Lord Burlington (1694–1753).

Guido opens up a discussion on Palladio’s drawings with RIBA, V&A, RCA and VARI staff

workshop participants

Workshop participants discuss the contemporary connections between Palladio, drawings and politics

Photographs and illustrations by Eileen Budd, VARI Project Manager