Architectural exhibitions, especially those devoted to early modern architecture, rarely succeed in reaching new audiences. To present and explain a selection of buildings or the ideas or thoughts of individuals about architecture, or to synthesize a group or style with the aid of varied media in a temporary setting usually attracts only cognoscenti and architecture aficionados. The exhibition Perfection in Proportion: The Legacies of Palladio and Scamozzi in the Golden Age, organized by the Royal Palace Foundation in collaboration with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura “Andrea Palladio” in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, was more successful. A better location to present and explain a complex episode in international architectural history is hardly imaginable (Figure 1).

Built as the town hall in the Golden Age (1648–65) after designs by Jacob van Campen, the Royal Palace has recently...

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