PALLADIO, Andrea
(b. 1508, Padova, d. 1580, Maser)

San Giorgio Maggiore: Façade

1566
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Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

Palladio's few churches are milestones in architectural history. San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice was commenced in 1566, but Palladio did not live to see the façade, which was erected from his designs by Simone Sorella. Here Palladio presented a solution to the dilemma of the architect confronted with devising a classical façade for the difficult shape of the Christian basilica.