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The history of gardens in painting

Author: Nils Büttner
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This book by Nils Buttner traces the history of gardens, as seen through the eyes of artists, over the course of 2,000 years. The focus of this book is not gardens themselves or different concepts of the garden, but rather the representation of gardens in art. In this study the author explains why pictures of gardens are a mirror of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived. He  Read more...
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Büttner, Nils.
History of gardens in painting.
New York : Abbeville Press, c2008
(OCoLC)690453559
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nils Büttner
ISBN: 9780789209931 0789209934
OCLC Number: 209748537
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: 240 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 31 cm.
Contents: The realm of Venus --
Medieval images of the world and of gardens --
Court and domestic gardens and the garden of love --
Visions of paradise --
The enclosed garden --
Pictorial rhetoric --
Precedents and symbols --
New views--ancient ideals --
Old subjects--new ideals --
Between sense and sensuality --
Gardens of the Impressionists --
Harmony parallel to nature --
Impression and expression --
Continuation and forecast.
Other Titles: Gemalte Gärten.
Responsibility: Nils Büttner ; translated by Russell Stockman.
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