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Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)

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Medici Gardens: From Making to Design challenges the common assumption that such gardens as Trebbio, Cafaggiolo, Careggi, and Fiesole were the products of an established design practice whereby one client commissioned one architect or artist. The book reverses the usual belief that a garden is the practical application of theoretical principles extracted from garden treatises, and suggests that, in the case of the gardens in Florence, garden making preceded its theoretical articulation.Drawing from Medici tax returns, inventories, and correspondence, Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto examines the transformation of these gardens from functional and pleasurable kitchen gardens to symbols of political power and family prestige. The Medici gardens of the fifteenth century were the result both of everyday living and of a poetic activity that was influenced by cultural expectations and societal demands.Crossing disciplinary boundaries, the author compares the making of actual gardens to that of the literary pleasances described by Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Ficino. Although the fictional gardens appear designed in that their place within literary works is carefully thought through, their actual counterparts are the product of a modus operandi, indebted to horticultural knowledge handed down from one generation to another in a slowly evolving tradition.

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"Medici Gardens" challenges the common assumption that such gardens as Trebbio, Cafaggiolo, Careggi, and Fiesole were the products of an established design practice whereby one client commissioned one architect or artist. The book suggests that in the case of the gardens in Florence garden making preceded its theoretical articulation.

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ISBN:
9780812240726
Author:
Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Author:
Giannetto, Raffaella Fabiani
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
History
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Gardens in art
Subject:
Medici, house of
Subject:
General-General
Series:
Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
8.98x6.42x1.02 in. 1.43 lbs.

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