An example of the role played by classicism in occidental art: Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, a fundamental monument of Greek-Roman culture, a lasting source of artistic inspiration over the centuries.
[Hadrian’s Villa and Its Legacy]. The army of artists and workers who at the beginning of the 2nd century shaped the landscape and built the dozens of fantastic buildings of the Villa of Hadrian at Tivoli launched a series of artistic events whose importance has yet to be fully assessed. Surrounded by large terraces and a wealth of fountains, pools and sculptures, the grand villa represents one of the most extraordinary complexes in the history of architecture and art. The original structure stimulated the creativity of the most important masters of the Renaissance, deeply influenced the work of Borromini, and inspired 20th-century architects like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn.
This very beautiful book, reprinted with a new cover in 2002, retraces two parallel architectural histories: it describes and interprets the villa as it was conceived and built by Hadrian, while analyzing its influence all the way to our era.