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The Italian Garden
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Italian gardens vary widely according to their historical date and geographic location. This collection 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. The explorations of the subject from these different perspectives illuminate not only their own disciplines, but are concerned to make many fresh 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. The book offers therefore a narrative of the garden by selecting ten high points of its history, which are introduced with a consideration by the volume editor of the fresh challenges to contemporary Italian garden history.
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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; Index.

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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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