An exhibition to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) will be held in CaixaForum Madrid from 17 January 2010.

Over 190 of Palladio’s works will be presented at the exhibition which will include 70 original drawings and manuscripts as well as large-scale models of buildings, photographs and videos.

The 16th-century Palladio was famed as a Renaissance architect and the inventor of the modern villa.

Villa Rotonda outside Vicenza, and the church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, were built by Palladio who used bricks instead of expensive stones.

The domed central hall of Villa Rotonda, its columned porches and temple fronts typified Palladio’s designs.

Palladio also wrote Four Books of Architecture, which was published in 1570.