Bernard Hulsman on ‘The Secret of Palladio’

13 April 2017

In his lecture, ‘The Secret of Palladio’, Bernard Hulsman, architecture editor for the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, explores the role imitation played in the work of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). Referring to buildings in England, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia, Hulsman demonstrates Palladio’s considerable influence on architecture.

Not only was Palladio particularly copied in Britain and the United States, so much so that a style – Palladianism – was named after him, but imitation also played a significant role in his work.

Hulsman makes clear that imitation was also the foundation of twentieth century architecture. He proves that even Le Corbusier was sometimes a copycat, based on architectural examples from France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Date: 13 April at 20:00
Admission: 5 euro
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Location: Bureau Europa