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The Italian Garden

The Italian Garden
Art, Design and Culture


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 gardens vary widely according to their historical date and geographic location. This collection of essays approaches Italian gardens of all periods, from the Middle Ages to modern times, and it ranges widely throughout the peninsula, from Genoa to Sicily, the Veneto to Liguria, and Ferrara to Florence. The authors are a distinguished group of Italian, American, English and German scholars, with different backgrounds in art history, literature, architecture, planning and cultural history. Their explorations of the subject from these different perspectives illuminate not only their own disciplines, but are concerned to make many interesting connections between garden art and the politics of nationalism, between the art of gardens and urban infrastructure, between cultural movements like freemasonry and site planning, between design and planting materials.

    • 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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    • 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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