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"Jefferson and Palladio: Constructing a New World," an exhibition at the Palladio Museum in Vicenza, Italy, is the first dedicated to the influence that Italian architect Andrea Palladio had on Thomas Jefferson.

According to Guido Beltramini, director of the Palladio Museum and a curator of the exhibition, Palladio was the sole model for Jefferson's vision of the new world. After actively studying Palladio's The Four Books on Architecture, the statesman added elements of the architect's works into American architecture. Both the White House and the Capitol Building reflect the Italian designer's influence, while Jefferson's Monticello and the Rotunda of the University of Virginia were inspired by his Villa "La Rotonda."

The exhibition will include miniature models and drawings of Jefferson's Palladio-inspired building, including his designs for the 1792 competition of the President's House. Had his design won, the White House would also bear a strong resemblance to Villa "La Rotonda." The show will also include Jefferson's plans for the state capitol of Virginia at Richmond and for the University of Virginia. 

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