During my time at the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, I spent a semester abroad living and studying in Venice, Italy. I stayed on after that semester, traveling and occasionally working for Leonardo Ricci in Venice and Florence.
In one of my forays into the regions around Venice, I undertook an extensive study of Palladio's villas. Without doubt the single most influential body of work by any architect, in any region, in any period of history. There is scarcely a house project I undertake without some reference back to, or reflection of, these works.
This is a photo of the Villa Malcontenta, taken on a damp and chilly March morning.
Photo by Mark Gerwing, 1988.