Conferencias: A Little Rome in London: Lord Burlington and his architectural influences at Chiswick House (5 de mayo)

The 3rd Earl of Burlington’s villa at Chiswick is one of the  earliest neoclassical buildings in Europe. It was designed to showcase the Earl’s architectural knowledge, much informed from his visits to Rome on his Grand Tours of 1715 and 1719. However, too often in the past has this  famous villa been described merely in terms of Burlington’s admiration and emulation of the architecture of the sixteenth century Venetian architect, Andrea Palladio (1508-80).  In this presentation Ricky Pound will redress such assumptions, and illustrate that at Chiswick Villa Lord Burlington sought not to create a building based on Renaissance sources, but to seek much more ancient precedent with the intention of emulating the very architecture of Augustan Rome itself.

Ricky Pound has worked in the heritage sector for over 25 years. During this time he has managed Chiswick House and Marble Hill House and Gardens for English Heritage. In 2016 he curated a major exhibition on the Georgian garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-83) at Orleans House Gallery to celebrate the tricentenary of his birth. Since 2019 he has been the House Director and Trustee at Turner‘s House (Sandycombe Lodge) in Twickenham where he has overseen two exhibitions of original works of art by the celebrated landscape artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).

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