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The Italian Garden

The Italian Garden
Art, Design and Culture

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture

John Dixon Hunt, Lucia Battaglia Ricci, D. R. Edward Wright, G. Leoni, Margherita Azzi Visentini, Iris Lauterbach, Malcolm Campbell, Alessandro Tosi, Annalisa Maniglio Calcagno, Gianni Pirrone, Raymond W. Gastil
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033923

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  • Italian Renaissance gardens were the admiration of Europe and North America. They revived the classical art of garden making, as well as drawing on medieval literary traditions; but they also developed their own forms and styles, even when they began to borrow back ideas of landscape gardening from England in the late eighteenth century. But until the late nineteenth century Italy was a collection of different states, each of which developed its own kind of garden, subject to climate, situation and culture. It is this diversity that is explored here, in a series of ten essays, each focusing on one locale in order to draw out its special contribution to the Italian garden.

    • An attractive, interdisciplinary collection on one of the best-loved aspects of Italian civilization
    • Written by a group of leading European and American scholars from widely varying backgrounds and disciplines
    • Illustrated throughout by many interesting and unusual photographs and contemporary pictures
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    "...this collection of essays constitutes a welcome contribution to the fields of garden history and Italian studies. If one sign of good scholarship is that it both answers questions and opens doors to new ones, this collection is an outstanding example. It piques the reader's interest, provides glimpses into landscapes heretofore neglected and suggests new pathways for research and discovery." Dianne Harris, Journal of the Society of Architectural History

    "The Italian Garden is a beneficial addition to the list of books about Italy and its protracted garden tradition." Philip Pregill, Landscape Journal

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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033923
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 190 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.589kg
    • contains: 104 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Introduction: making and writing the Italian garden John Dixon Hunt
    1. Gardens in Italian literature during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries Lucia Battaglia Ricci
    2. Some Medici gardens of the Florentine Renaissance: an essay in post-aesthetic interpretation D. R. Edward Wright
    3. Christ the Gardener and the chain of symbols: the gardens around the walls of sixteenth-century Ferrara G. Leoni
    4. The gardens of villas in the Veneto from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries Margherita Azzi Visentini
    5. The gardens of the Milanese villeggiatura in the mid-sixteenth century Iris Lauterbach
    6. Hard times in baroque Florence: the Boboli Garden and the grand ducal public works administration Malcolm Campbell
    7. Fruit and flower gardens from the neoclassical and romantic periods in Tuscany Allessandro Tosi
    8. Gardens and parks in Liguria in the second half of the nineteenth century Annalisa Maniglio Calcagno
    9. Sicilian gardens Gianni Pirrone
    10. Jappelli's gardens: 'In dreams begin responsibilities' Raymond W. Gastil

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    John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania


    John Dixon Hunt, Lucia Battaglia Ricci, D. R. Edward Wright, G. Leoni, Margherita Azzi Visentini, Iris Lauterbach, Malcolm Campbell, Alessandro Tosi, Annalisa Maniglio Calcagno, Gianni Pirrone, Raymond W. Gastil

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