57th Palladio Course
Palladio vs Scamozzi
Vicenza, 31 August - 5 September 2015


Franco Barbieri, Università di Milano - emeritus
An emeritus professor at the Università Statale, Milan, Franco Barbieri is a member of the Accademia Olimpica, Vicenza, and the Accademia dei Catenati, Macerata. A Corresponding Member of the Ateneo Veneto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he has been awarded the City of Vicenza Meritorious Citizens Gold Medal and the Villa Veneta Prize (2004). He is a member of the cisaap Scientific Committee and the National Committee for the Publication of Antonio Canova’s Writings. His main research interests are Veneto art from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism, with a special focus on the architecture of Palladio and particularly of Scamozzi. He has also dealt with 17th- and 18th-century painting and sculpture, Antonio Canova, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, industrial archaeology and mid-19th-century Decadentism.

Guido Beltramini, Direttore CISA A. Palladio

Director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio since 1991. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara (1994 -2002). In 2008, he was Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellow at Villa I Tatti, Firenze, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in 2009-2010 at Columbia University, New York, in 2011 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. He studies the history of Renaissance architecture, with a particular emphasis on Veneto, the art of war and the culture of the Antique in the Renaissance. He has curated exhibitions and catalogues at the Biennale, Venice, at the Royal Academy, London, at the Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York, at the National Buiding Museum, Washington. His book Palladio Privato (2008) has been published in German (2009) and English (2012). He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and of the International Advisory Panel of ‘Architectural History. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Howard Burns, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - emeritus
Howard Burns is president of the cisaap Scientific Committee, having collaborated with the Centre since 1973, when he curated the section on the drawings in the major Palladio exhibition in Vicenza. He has curated exhibitions on Palladio in London (1975) and (with Guido Beltramini) in Vicenza, London, Barcelona and Madrid (2008). He is a member of the Accademia Olimpica and the Accademia di San Luca. He has taught at the University of Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Harvard University, the Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav), and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He has played a leading role in preparing all the cisaap exhibitions as well as in organising exhibitions on Raphael (Rome, 1984), Giulio Romano (Mantua, 1989) and Francesco di Giorgio (Siena, 1993). He has published books or articles in international architectural journals on Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, Francesco di Giorgio, Raphael, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Giulio Romano, Pirro Logorio, Michele Sanmicheli and Michelangelo.

Gianmario Guidarelli
, Università IUAV di Venezia, Università degli Studi di Padova
After graduating in architecture from the Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav, 2002), Gianmario Guidarelli obtained a PhD in the history of architecture and the city from the Scuola di Studi Avanzati, Venice (2006). He has collaborated with several universities and Italian and international research institutes. He currently teaches the history of architecture at the University of Padua and is the director of the international project entitled “The Churches Of Venice. New Research Perspectives” (Studium Generale Marcianum, Venice). His main research interests are the history of architecture, especially religious architecture from the 15th to 17th centuries, with a special focus on the relations between construction sites, design culture and liturgy. He has published essays or monographs on Venetian civil, religious and confraternal architecture, Naples cathedral, the architecture of the religious orders in the Renaissance and the cathedral of San Pietro di Castello. He has collaborated with the cisaap since 2005.

Gordon Higgott
, Storico dell’arte
Dr. Gordon Higgott is one of the most eminent architectural historians of British architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Formerly of English Heritage in London, who has published on the work of Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, and more generally on architectural drawings and design practice in early modern Britain. He recently completed an online catalogue of St Paul’s Cathedral’s Wren-office drawings. Previously, he catalogued the Sir John Soane Museum’s collection of English Baroque drawings. He is currently preparing a new edition of Inigo Jones’s annotated copy of Palladio’s I quattro libri dell’architettura (1601) at Worcester College, Oxford.

Mario Piana, Università IUAV di Venezia
An architect and professor of restoration at the Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav), Mario Piana is also a iuav doctorate supervisor. From 1979 to 1998 he worked as an architect at the Venice Superintendency of the Environmental and Architectural Heritage, where he inspected work carried out on the art-historical heritage of Venice and its lagoon as well as designing and directing the works for the restoration of many Venetian landmarks. He has published essays on architectural restoration and the history of construction techniques. He is member of the cisaap Scientific Committee.

Damiana Paternò, Università IUAV di Venezia
After graduating from Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav, 2008), she obtained a PhD in the Conservation of the Architectural Heritage from the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on restorations of Palladian buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries (2013). Since 2008 she has been a teaching assistant at the iuav. As a research fellow at the same institute (2014), she conducted studies on Palladio’s construction techniques and drafted a project for a catalogue of them in cooperation with the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and the cisaap, with which she has collaborated since 2010. She has taken part in Italian and international conferences and has written essays and articles on the state of conservation of Palladian works and their restorations; she drafted the first complete register of all Palladian restoration works carried out since 1945, published as Palladio, materiali, tecniche, restauri (2011).

Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection
Xavier Salomon received a BA, MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He has worked at Sir John Soane’s Museum and the British Museum, London, the Frick Collection, New York, the National Gallery, London, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 2011 he joined the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as curator of Southern Baroque. He is a member of the Consultative Committee of The Burlington Magazine, and the International Scientific Committee of Storia dell’Arte and Arte Veneta. His main areas of expertise are art and patronage in 17th-century Rome (especially the Aldobrandini family) and Paolo Veronese. He has curated exhibitions at major international venues on Guido Reni, Paolo Veronese, Masterpieces of European Painting, Salvator Rosa, Goya, Twombly and Poussin, and Van Dyck. Since January 2014 he has been the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick Collection, New York.