Title page for ETD etd-04242012-111048

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fresina, Katherine
Author's Email Address kfresi1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-04242012-111048
Title Palladio’s Religious Architecture in Venice
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Zucker, Mark Committee Chair
Savage, Matthew Committee Member
Spieth, Darius A Committee Member
  • Religious Architecture
  • Palladio
  • Renaissance
  • Venice
Date of Defense 2012-04-16
Availability unrestricted
This thesis focuses on the three churches designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in Venice: San Francesco della Vigna, San Giorgio Maggiore, and Il Redentore. Separate chapters devoted to each of these buildings explore multiple issues, among them Palladio’s awareness of the city, its civic rituals, and architectural traditions; his sources of inspiration in the buildings of classical antiquity, especially ancient Roman baths and temple façades; his relationship to the architecture of the recent past, especially in Venice but also on the terraferma; and his ability to adapt his style to suit the requirements of private, public, and monastic patrons. The thesis also examines Palladio’s innovative approaches to some of the most pressing issues of Renaissance church design, most notably the question of centralized vs. longitudinal planning, and the problem of what sort of façade should be placed before a typical church, with its high central nave flanked by lower aisles or chapel.
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