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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. In the mid-sixteenth century, humanists and churchmen built villas on ancient ruins and pursued the ancient ideal of learned leisure, hoping to acquire an aura of virtue and sophistication associated with eminent Romans who had sojourned at Frascati in antiquity. New families penetrated Roman society and began to climb from the ranks of the ecclesiastical nobility into the secular aristocracy. In this study, Tracy Ehrlich analyses the Villa Mondragone, built by Pope Paul V Borghese in an effort to demonstrate how architecture, landscape and rituals of villeggiatura (villa life) were used to forge a new identity as a Roman noble house. She also explores the relationship between landscape and identity and, in so doing, reevaluates the conventional privileging of the city over the countryside. This title has been awarded the Salimbeni Prize, Italy's top award for a book in the area of art history.

    • 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.

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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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