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More than four hundred years ago in 1570 Andrea Palladio published his Quattro Libri dellArchitettura one of the most influential treatises on architecture ever printed It contains a number of woodcuts of ancient Roman buildings as well as two illustrations of a small church by Bramante known as the Tempietto the little temple which is the topic of my paper It stands rather awkwardly in a courtyard apperently one size too small for it next to the church of San Pietro in Montorio on the top of the Janiculum Hill in Rome plaatje van illustraties in Palladio plaatje van waar het ligt op de berg Accompanying theses two woodcuts there is a brief explanation by Palladio of the reasons which led him to include a building then less than 70 years old among his plates otherwise dedicated to the works of antiquity He says VERGROTENBecause the greatness of the Roman Empire began to decline on account of the continual invasions of the Barbarians Architectcure like all other Arts and Sciences at that time- fell away from its earlier beauty and classical harmony venust and got worse and worseBut because all human things are in a perpetual fluxit happened that in the time of our fathers and grandfathers Architecture emerged from the shadows in which it had so long been lostFor in the time of Pope Julius ll that excellent man Bramante a keen student of ancient buildings erected some most beautiful buildings in RomeSeeing then that Bramante was the first to bring back to the light of day the good and beautiful architecture that had been hidden since the time of the ancients it seemed to me to be reasonable to put some of his works among those of Antiquity and that is why I have put in this Book the following temple built by him on the top of the Janiculumfoot note van Palladio These two plates - the plan and
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