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Landscape and Identity in Early Modern Rome
Villa Culture at Frascati in the Borghese Era

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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2014
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521592574

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  • Throughout the early modern period, the villas of Frascati played a central role in Roman social politics. New families penetrated Roman society and began to climb from the ranks of the ecclesiastical nobility into the secular aristocracy in the mid-sixteenth century. In this study, Tracy Ehrlich analyzes one such villa--the Villa Mondragone--(built by Pope Paul V Borghese) to demonstrate how architecture, landscape and rituals of villegiatura (villa life) were used to forge a new identity as a Roman noble house.

    • The only book-length study of Frascati available in English
    • New insight into the Borghese family of Pope Paul V, the leading patrons of Baroque Rome
    • Moves beyond a monograph to take a broad look at the city of Rome and its countryside in the early modern period
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    • This title has been awarded the Salimbeni Prize, Italy's top award for a book in the area of art history.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Ehrlich succeeds in establishing both what was accomplished at the Villa Mondragone and how the cultural resources available in early modern Rome were used to make it happen." Renaissance Quarterly

    "[A] hefty and handsome volume with wonderfully informative illustrations of the villa culture at Frascati...Even if you have little interest in architecture, the way this scholar keeps buildings linked with sociodynamics will hold your attention and win your admiration." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

    "Well researched..." Landscape Architecture

    "This scholarly but entertaining tome--relatively jargon-free--is brimming with photos, estate maps and bird's-eye views of the Frascati region." Wall Street Journal

    "This fine book exemplifies the potential richness of a truly contextual history of an architechtural program. Highly recommended." Choice

    "Ehrlich's insightful analysis has covered much new ground...Ehrlich has marshaled a broad range of disciplinary techniques to make such an exploration possibleand has demonstrated the richness and incisiveness that are possible when art historians give serious attention to the needs, desires, and visions of a patron." - CAA Reviews, J. Nicholas Napoli, Rutgers University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521592574
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 225 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.737kg
    • contains: 155 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2014
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Roman Setting:
    1. Papacy and aristocracy
    2. The Borghese
    Part II. Frascati in the Renaissance: Tusculo Restituto:
    3. The revival of villeggiatura in the Farnese era
    4. The first papal villas
    Part III. Frascati in its Heyday: the Borghese at the Villa Mondragone:
    5. Architecture and ceremony
    6. Otium cum negotium
    Part IV. Land, Landscape, and Family Lore:
    7. An agricultural enterprise
    8. A dynastic seat
    9. Land into landscape.

  • Author

    Tracy L. Ehrlich, Colgate University, New York


    • This title has been awarded the Salimbeni Prize, Italy's top award for a book in the area of art history.

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