The classical style of architecture dating back to the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations has influenced succeeding architects for centuries. Beginning in the 1400's, man has returned time and again to resurrect the classical ideal and apply it to new buildings.
Palladio (1508 - 80) is the classic exponent of the use of an architectural system. He developed a set of optimum formulae which he adapted to particular projects, yet avoided becoming repetitious or a prisoner of his own style. Palladio's influence was enormous, his abilities and solutions were functionally and aesthetically superior to anything which had gone before, proving him one of the greatest architects of all time.
The Renaissance in Europe meant architects would no longer be confined to only building great churches and cathedrals. The emerging monarchies and nobility of England, France and Western Europe created demand for talented architects throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
The practice of good architecture, however noble, nevertheless did not assure greatness or honor. Any architects relied on travel to foreign countries, especially the Grand Tour to Italy and later the Middle East, to garner fame. To secure the graces of the best society however, one last task was required - the production of a spectacular book.
These lavish, expensive folios were meant to illustrate an architect's insight into the classical system and his application of the order to his buildings. It has come down through the centuries as an important exercise for many great architects.
Neoclassical architecture is a living, breathing approach, breaking new ground while continually drawing from the wisdom of the early architects.
Presented here are reproductions from the great neoclassical architecture books. The prints are uncolored and printed on heavy Rising Mills fine art press paper, an incredibly pure museum quality paper product of the hightest archival, acid free, non-contaminating, fade-resistant quality. This paper makes an excellent medium for adding color washes.