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Unformatted text preview: HUI 239 12/1/09 Lecture Italian American Influence in the United States Some call Italy a living museum, especially in the field of art. Italians were the teachers of art to the world. When St. Petersburg was built, the Royal Family hired Italian artists and engineers to design the city. When America was founded there were no art, engineering, or sculpture schools. The Capitol was chosen, and an architect was hired to design the city in the European style. Thomas Jefferson, whom was a very important founding father, was also a scientist and a patron of the arts and architecture. The Roman architecture was one of his greatest influences. He was responsible for bringing Italian artists and architects to America. The Pantheon (Ancient Roman building) is considered a perfect building; a temple for the gods. Thomas Jefferson admired this building, and it is still considered the most beautiful building in the world. Had a dome . Andrea Palladio was a famous architect of the Renaissance, and he designed many buildings for the rich families in Italy. He made palaces which had 4 identical sides so that the view can be enjoyed from the entire home. Had a dome . Thomas Jefferson designed the University of Virginia based on the Pantheon. He also designed his home ( Monticello , a little mountain) based on Palladios architecture, including the dome and 4 identical sides., a little mountain) based on Palladios architecture, including the dome and 4 identical sides....
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