The Garden: A History in Landscape and Art

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This text looks at the garden in the West, from the 14th century to the present day, as an art form, an expression of the taste of societies and individuals, focusing on the key moments in its development through important and interesting creations.'

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Century by century, The Garden: A History in Landscape and Art offers a history of the gardens of the western world in a larger context than in most such historical treatments. Gardens as art, as cultural achievement, as man's relationship with nature--all are considered here in gardens from Germany to Mexico, from Italian grottoes to modern sculpture gardens. Ancient Moorish gardens of perfect symmetry, drippy stone carvings of the Medicis, and the simplicity of repeated rectangles in a 20th-century Scottish garden astonish with the sheer range of possibilities of landscape design.

The author, an Italian landscape architect who studied in London and specializes in historic restoration, has a bent toward classicism, and inexplicably has ignored Asian gardens altogether. One might ask what gardens of such size and scope can teach gardeners of today, whose home gardens are on such a different scale than these grand gardens?

First, the book is a feast of color photographs and drawings, a treat for the garden enthusiast to study just for the visuals. Most of all you'll find here, albeit with a rococo twist or Baroque ornamentation, all the familiar elements of garden-making today; fountains, pots, hedging, pathways, trees, shrubs, bridges, and flowers. The patterning of these familiar elements, how they've been used in spacing and enclosure, to create shelter or vista across the centuries can help to shape our eyes and aesthetics no matter what the nature of our own garden plots. --Valerie Easton

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Drawing on his experience as a landscape architect and historian, Pizzoni traces the history of garden design, recounting the international styles and aesthetic ideals of 400 years. From the mystery of secluded Islamic gardens and hidden Italian sanctuaries to the grandeur of the Renaissance complexities and Baroque extravaganzas; from Arcadian naturalism to structured 20th-century Modernism--all aspects of our relationship with nature are discussed, albeit with broad strokes and generalizations and very few new insights. Although the illustrations are excellent and the presentation visually pleasing, the author has little to add to the currently extensive literature on garden design as an art form or as a reflection of social change. A worthwhile purchase only for large general collections or those with an extensive holding of garden literature.
-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Pizzoni Filippo
Editorial: Aurum Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 1854106554 ISBN 13: 9781854106551
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Descripción Aurum Press, 1999. Rilegato. Estado de conservación: nuovo. New. Some shelf wear. Glossary of garden terms. Bibliography. Index. Also available the original Italian edition., Ill. bn: 100+ b/w illustrations, Ill. colori: Illustrated throughout in colour, Peso: 1585 gr. Nº de ref. de la librería 683-CC03

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PIZZONI Filippo
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Descripción Aurum Press, London, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 263pp, illustrated bound in black cloth with fine dustwrapper; Quarto. Nº de ref. de la librería 63900

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