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The architecture of western gardens : a design history from the Renaissance to the present day

Author: Monique Mosser; Georges Teyssot
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st MIT Press edView all editions and formats
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The Architecture of Western Gardens presents an international tour of garden design from the Renaissance to the present. As object and as literature, it is a sumptuous and unprecedented resource. The more than seventy essays by scholars from Europe and America all commissioned for this book - and over 650 illustrations raise the standard of garden literature to a new level. The result is an invaluable compendium  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Monique Mosser; Georges Teyssot
ISBN: 0262132648 9780262132640
OCLC Number: 21295706
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Translation of: L'architettura dei giardini d'Occidente.
Description: 543 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Contents: The humanist garden : from allegory to mannerism --
The straight line and the arabesque : from the Baroque garden to the classical park --
Picturesque, Arcadian and sublime : the Age of Enlightenment --
The eclectic garden, and the town and city park --
Aspects of the contemporary garden : from the leisure park to artistic experimentation.
Other Titles: Architettura dei giardini d'Occidente.
Responsibility: edited by Monique Mosser and Georges Teyssot.

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The Architecture of Western Gardens presents an international tour of garden design from the Renaissance to the present. As object and as literature, it is a sumptuous and unprecedented resource. The more than seventy essays by scholars from Europe and America all commissioned for this book - and over 650 illustrations raise the standard of garden literature to a new level. The result is an invaluable compendium that will serve as a fundamental starting point for exploring the many expressions of the place where nature and culture, project and diversion, work and pleasure meet. Organized chronologically, the essays and illustrations make up a mosaic of the garden in the Western world. The humanist garden in Renaissance Italy, the concepts of the "Sublime" and the "Picturesque," mazes, grottoes, and other curiosities, city parks, American land art, and even Disneyland are among the topics treated. Discussions of characteristic aspects of history and theory are followed by analyses of individual gardens as paradigms of their type: the Hortus Palatinus in Heidelberg, the Parc Monceau in Paris, the Park Güell in Barcelona, Stowe in England, and many more. The illustrations are a model of how iconography can function as text. They include ground plans meticulously redrawn from original archival material to provide precise information on the scale and nature of many of the projects, as well as a wealth of drawings, reconstructions, paintings, and photographs.

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