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Andrea Palladio

Andrea Palladio (November 30, 1508 - 1580), was an architect born in Vicenza, Italy. He was trained as a stonemason.

The Palladian style is named after him, a style which adhered to classical Roman principles, as opposed to the rich ornamentation of the Renaissance. Palladio designed many churches, villas and palaces, expecially in Venice and the surrounding area.

His style became fashionable all over Europe. In Britain, Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren embraced the Palladian style. Another admirer was the architect Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Cork, also known as Lord Burlington, who, with William Kent, designed Chiswick House.

Palladio's architecture also inspired a classical music piece by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins[?], called Palladio. Many people know it by its first movement, which was used for a diamond commercial.

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