Fountains, Statues, and Flowers: Studies in Italian Gardens of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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Dumbarton Oaks, 1994 - Architecture - 355 pages

The essays in this volume focus on the different aspects of Italian gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This volume is divided into two parts, with the first part concentrating on the decorations in Roman gardens of the sixteenth centuries, especially the fountains and statue collections, their iconographic programs, and their relationship to contemporary and ancient literature.

The second half of the volume considers two particular sites. The first, a Savoy duke's villa, is considered through the history of its construction and its relationship to contemporary festivity architecture. The second essay considers a secret garden at the Palazzo Barberini in the 1630s. Also included are illustrations and text from three Barberini manuscripts documenting the plants used in this garden.

 

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Contents

An Introduction to Roman Gardens of the Sixteenth Century l
1
Roman Statuary and Italian Renaissance Gardens 23
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Origins of a Humanist Fountain Type
37
SixteenthCentury Garden Fountains in Rome
57
SixteenthCentury Garden Iconography
89
Language and Decoration in Roman
113
Family History and the Villa Mattei
127
Ambition and Imitation in a SeventeenthCentury Villa
143
A Giardino Segreto at
219
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