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Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France

Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France

Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

Mirka Benes, Dianne Harris, Claudia Lazzaro, Suzanne Butters, Tracy Ehrlich, Elisabeth Blair MacDougall, Sheila ffolliott, Elizabeth Hyde, Chandra Mukerji, Hilary Ballon, David Hays
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  • Date Published: June 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782258

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  • This volume focuses on selected villas and their gardens in France and Italy from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Interdisciplinary and fundamentally contextualizing in approach, the essays examine the relationship between landscape and court culture and statecraft; villas in their broader territorial setting; landscape and representation; gender and the garden; and the social history of garden construction, among other topics. Providing an overview of the new directions that are currently taken in cultural landscape studies, Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France also places these sites within the context of European intellectual history, material culture studies, and cultural landscape studies.

    • Broadly contextual and interdisciplinary approach of the essays
    • Provides an overview of the new directions that are currently taken in cultural landscape studies
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    'This is an outstanding publication that anyone interested in early modern history will want to add to his or her collection. The introduction alone insures the essential value of the book; no student of Italian or French gardens will want to do without Mirka Benes's review of the literature which will now become the source of first reference for researchers. This collection of intelligently constructed and carefully researched essays will be an essential addition to both university and home libraries. Thankfully the original contributions are matched by the physical qualities of the volume, which is both well-produced and richly illustrated.' The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

    'This collection of intelligently constructed and carefully researched essays will be an essential addition to both university and home libraries. Thankfully, the original contributions are matched by the physical qualities of the volume, which is both well produced and richly illustrated.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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    • Date Published: June 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782258
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 188 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.259kg
    • contains: 167 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Italian and French gardens: a century of historical study (1900–2000) Mirka Benes
    Introduction: landscape in context Dianne Harris
    1. Italy is garden: the idea of Italy and the Italian garden tradition Claudia Lazzaro
    2. Pressed labor and Pratolino: social imagery and social reality at a Medici garden Suzanne Butters
    3. Pastoralism in the Roman Baroque villa and in Claude Lorrain: myths and realities of the Roman campagna Mirka Benes
    4. '… dall'Agricoltura venne la Nobilitá …': the rural landscape of the Villa Mondragone near Frascati Tracy Ehrlich
    5. Venaria Reale: ambition and imitation in a seventeenth-century villa Elisabeth Blair MacDougall
    6. Landscape and representation: the printed view and Marc'Antonio Dal Re's Ville didelizie Dianne Harris
    7. Women in the garden of allegory: Catherine de'Medici and the locus of female rule Sheila ffolliott
    8. Gender, flowers, and the Baroque nature of kinship Elizabeth Hyde
    9. Dress and address: garden design and material identity in seventeenth-century France Chandra Mukerji
    10. Vaux-le-Vicomte: Le Vau's ambition Hilary Ballon
    11. 'This is not a jarden anglais': Carmontelle, the Jardin de Monceau, and irregular garden design in late eighteenth-century France David Hays.

  • Editors

    Mirka Benes, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Dianne Harris, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Contributors

    Mirka Benes, Dianne Harris, Claudia Lazzaro, Suzanne Butters, Tracy Ehrlich, Elisabeth Blair MacDougall, Sheila ffolliott, Elizabeth Hyde, Chandra Mukerji, Hilary Ballon, David Hays

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