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To many of us, the great gardens of Italy seem like paradise on earth. But how much do we know of their history, and the people who created them? In this ravishing book, illustrated with contemporary paintings, drawings and prints as well as photographs of the gardens today, Helena Attlee tells their story. She starts with Petrarch - still looking to medieval chronicles for advice on how and when to plant - and goes on to the Renaissance and those first gardens to emerge from architects' plans. Then she describes the great gardens of the Medici; the first botanic gardens; the weird Mannerist gardens and their grottoes followed by the Baroque splendour of Isola Bella and the Villa Aldobrandini; the Neoclassical and Picturesque gardens of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and how, in the twentieth century, expatriates with money to lavish on their villas and gardens brought new delights.
HELENA ATTLEE is an author and journalist who has made the garden and its history her special subject. Her books include The Gardens of Portugal and Gardens of Wales (all published by Frances Lincoln). She lectures widely, writes for a wide range of journals and magazines, and leads specialist garden tours. She lives in Presteigne, Powys, with her husband, the photographer Alex Ramsay. ALEX RAMSAY is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Gardens of Wales.
Contents Cultivated Ideas - Early Reniassance 1450-1504 Medici Gardeners - Renaissance 1518-1550 Botanical Revolution - Botanical gardens and treatises 1536-1600 Musical Statues - High Renaissance 1560-1573 Esoteric Jokes - Mannerism 1550-1580 Formal Splendour - Baroque 1598-1786 Horticultural Extremes - Plant Collections 1600-1700 Watering the Guests - Garden Entertainments 1530-1850 Foreign Influence - English and French Style 1696-1783 International Style - European Fashions 1800-1867 An Open Ending - The Modern Garden 1902-1968 Epilogue Bibliography Gardens to Visit Picture Acknowledgements Index
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