Type of grand rectangular public room, neither its style nor form having any connection with Egypt. It was evolved by Palladio based on descriptions in Vitruvius, its essential elements being an internal peri-style carrying a smaller upper Order or pilastered clerestorey above the entablature. The Order used was Corinthian, and the form was referred to as an oecus. A good Palladian example is the Assembly Rooms, York (1731–2), designed by Burlington.
J. Curl (2001, 2002a)
Subjects: Art — Architecture.