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Die Villa Lante in Bagnaia


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Die Villa Lante in Bagnaia

by Fritz Barth (Author)



ISBN: 9783932565052


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The Villa Lante in Bagnaia near Viterbo is outstanding among 16th-century Italian gardens. It is not particularly large, but it is the undisputed highlight of this epoch, the heyday of Italian horticulture. This monograph attempts to establish what triggers the intense sense of beauty with which visitors to the gardens are confronted.

From this develops a panorama of the late 16th century, presenting the tangled pathways of perception of the gardens in all their complex relations, from the various late Renaissance garden types, via philosophy, the response to antiquity, perception of nature, perspective, harmony, literature, theatre and religion, and on to models of time and the forms it takes. Against this background the garden of the Villa Lante, which belonged to the scholarly cardinal and inquisitor Francesco Gambara, proves to be a difficult -- and perhaps not entirely successful -- balancing act between Renaissance traditions and the thrust of the Counter-Reformation, but showing at the same time, as a kind of 'apotheosis of the artwork', a surprising affinity with the present day.


ISBN 3932565053
ISBN13 9783932565052
Publisher Edition Axel Menges
Format Hardback
Publication date 20/04/2002
Pages 512
Weight (grammes) 2245
Published in Germany
Height (mm) 286
Width (mm) 229