Palladian window

Palladian window
/peuh lay"dee euhn, -lah"-/
a window in the form of a round-headed archway with a narrower compartment on either side, the side compartments usually being capped with entablatures on which the arch of the central compartment rests. Also called Diocletian window, Venetian window.

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      in architecture, three-part window composed of a large, arched central section flanked by two narrower, shorter sections having square tops. This type of window, popular in 17th- and 18th-century English versions of Italian designs, was inspired by the so-called Palladian motif, similar three-part openings having been featured in the work of the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio; (Palladio, Andrea) his basilica at Vicenza, designed in 1546, was especially rich in these. Because the motif was first described in the work L'architettura (1537), by the Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio (Serlio, Sebastiano), it is also known as the Serlian motif, or Serliana, and the window derived from it may be called a Serlian window. It is also sometimes called a Venetian window.

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  • palladian window — noun Usage: usually capitalized P Etymology: Palladian (II) : an architectural unit consisting of a central window with an arched head and on each side a usually narrower window with a square head …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Diocletian window. — See Palladian window. * * * …   Universalium

  • Venetian window. — See Palladian window. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Venetian window — Vene′tian win′dow n. archit. Palladian window • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • venetian window — noun Usage: sometimes capitalized V : palladian window …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Venetian window. — See Palladian window. [1770 80] …   Useful english dictionary

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