The term “Palladian” comes from Andrea Palladio, a Renaissance architect whose work inspired some of the greatest buildings in Europe and the United States, most notably in the buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson, including his own home, Monticello. The classic Palladian shape is a central semicircular arch flanked on each side by strong rectangular pillasters. This classic design really comes alive in the Venetian Bronze and Nickel finishes. All BRASS Accents finishes are hand-rubbed and assembled in USA. Whole surface of plate is Flat.