Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 227–244 | Cite as

Palladio, Pythagoreanism and Renaissance Mathematics



This paper examines the proportional qualities of Palazzo Antonini in terms of contemporary, Renaissance mathematics. It reveals that Palladio was either a masterful arithmetician, or a serendipitous genius.


Andrea Palladio arithmetic mean geometric mean harmonic mean number symbolism Vitruvius Alberti triangular numbers rational approximations 

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© Birkhaueser 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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