Saturday, 3 December 2016

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville,USA.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, was also a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (1817–26), which is still the heart of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Jefferson's use of an architectural vocabulary based upon classical antiquity symbolises both the aspirations of the new American republic as the inheritor of European tradition and the cultural experimentation that could be expected as the country matured.The most prominent of these, The Rotunda, is a half-scale model of the Pantheon in Rome.
Judy L sent both the beautiful cards.
Date of Inscription: 1987
Minor modification inscribed year: 2015
Ref: 442bis

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