Palladio crucial for United States architecture

H. Con. Res. 259 Agreed to December 6, 2010

One Hundred Eleventh Congress
of the United States of America
at the second session

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten
Concurrent Resolution

- Whereas 2008 was the 500th anniversary of the birth year of
the Italian architect Andrea Palladio;
- Whereas Andrea Palladio was born Andrea di Pietro in Padua on November 30, 1508;
- Whereas Palladio, born of humble origins, apprenticed as a
stonemason in his early life;
- Whereas under the patronage of Count Giangiorgio Trissino (1478�¢??1550), Palladio studied architecture, engineering, topography, and military science in his mid-twenties;
- Whereas in 1540, Count Trissino renamed him ''Palladio'', a reference to the wisdom of Pallas Athena, as well as the Italian
form of the name of the Roman writer of the fourth century,
Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus Palladius;
- Whereas Palladio's designs for public works, churches, mansions, and villas rank among the most outstanding architectural achievements of the Italian Renaissance;
- Whereas Palladio's surviving buildings are collectively included in the UNESCO World Heritage List;
- Whereas Palladio's treatise, ''The Four Books of Architecture'', ranks as the most influential publication on architecture ever produced and has shaped much of the architectural image of Western civilization;
- Whereas ''The Four Books of Architecture'' has served as a primary source for classical design for many architects and builders in the United States from colonial times to the present;
- Whereas Thomas Jefferson called Palladio's ''The Four Books of Architecture'' the ''Bible'' for architectural practice, and employed Palladio's principles in establishing lasting standards for public architecture in the United States and in constructing his own masterpiece, Monticello;
- Whereas our Nation's most iconic buildings, including the United States Capitol Building and the White House, reflect the influence of Palladio's architecture through the Anglo-Palladian movement, which flourished in the 18th century;
- Whereas Palladio's pioneering reconstruction and restoration drawings of ancient Roman temples in ''The Four Books of Architecture'' provided inspiration for many of the great American classical edifices of the 19th and 20th centuries, in the period known as the American Renaissance;
- Whereas the American Renaissance marked the high point of the classical tradition and enriched the United States from coast to coast with countless architectural works of timeless dignity and beauty, including the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of government of the District of Columbia;
- Whereas the American architectural monuments inspired both directly and indirectly by the writings, illustrations, and designs of Palladio form a proud and priceless part of our Nation's cultural heritage; and
- Whereas organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and many other entities have been celebrating this special 500-year anniversary, including the Italian National Committee for Andrea Palladio 500, the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, the Palladium Musicum, Inc., the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America, as well as other Italian and Italian American cultural organizations, such as the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc., and the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC, Inc., with a wide variety of public programs, publications, symposia, proclamation ceremonies,
and salutes to the genius and legacy of Palladio: Now,
therefore, be it
 

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

That Congress

(1) recognizes the 500th anniversary of Andrea Palladio's

birth year;

(2) recognizes his tremendous influence on architecture

in the United States; and

(3) expresses its gratitude for the enhancement his life

and career has bestowed upon the Nation's built environment.

 

Attest:

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Attest:

Secretary of the Senate.

Gli Stati Uniti decretano Palladio decisivo per la Nazione americana
Gli Stati Uniti decretano Palladio decisivo per la Nazione americana