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The garden : a history in landscape and art
Pizzoni, Filippo.
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Giardino, arte e storia. English
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New York : Rizzoli International, [1999]

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263 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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Translation of: Il giardino, arte e storia.
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SB466.E9 P5913 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Features international, sculpted landscapes from the medieval era through the present.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Pizzoni posits that his aim is to consider the history of the garden in the West--from the fourteenth century to the present--as an art form and an expression of the taste of societies and individuals. Illustrating the importance of gardens in human history, the author examines such concepts, periods, and styles as the medieval garden, the Italian Renaissance, the age of the Baroque, the Arcadian landscape, the English garden in Europe, and the twentieth-century bourgeois garden. Pizzoni's text is at once scholarly and absorbing, augmented by 450 illustrations, 325 of them in color. They range from a 1597 painting in color and a 1793 black-and-white engraving to color photographs of the Mexican gardens of Luis Barragan. This is truly a remarkable book. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Pizzoni surveys the history of the garden from the 14th century to the contemporary era in this English translation from the original Italian work published in 1997. Emphasis is on large-scale European residential gardens in the classical tradition; public gardens are only briefly covered. The author, an Italian architect and garden historian, organizes his broad subject by centuries and then by separate sections devoted to noteworthy national achievements. These achievements in French, English, Russian, German, Dutch, and Italian garden design figure prominently in the coverage. A few sections are devoted to the Americas. The book is richly illustrated with many kinds of relevant illustrations, most in color, including photographs, drawings, plans, models, and works of art. The text is written in an academic style filled with art historical terms, but an appended glossary provides some assistance for readers less familiar with the subject. The lack of an index impedes the usefulness of an otherwise handsome and engaging overview of the art of garden design in the West. Recommended for libraries with interests in landscape design. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. E. H. Teague; University of Florida

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: The rediscovery of naturep. 10
A gift from Islam: the Arab gardenp. 13
Arab Influence on Italian Gardensp. 18
The medieval garden: all heaven in a grain of sandp. 20
A Basic Text: The De Ruralium Commodorump. 24
An ideal place to contemplate beautyp. 26
Giardini Segretip. 30
The Representation of the Garden: Illuminationsp. 32
The sixteenth century: From the classical to the wonderfulp. 34
The Italian Renaissance garden: nature and architecture at onep. 39
Nymphaea, Grottoes and Giochi D'Acquap. 52
From Renaissance to Mannerismp. 54
Allegory and Caprice: The Sacro Bosco at Bomarzop. 70
A model for all Europep. 72
Villandry: the Recreation of a Distant Pastp. 76
The Representation of the Garden: Property Depicted as a Display of Powerp. 78
The seventeenth century: The theatre of naturep. 80
The Grand Siecle of the French gardenp. 85
Parterres and Bosquetsp. 104
The age of the Baroque in Europep. 106
Azulejo Gardens in Portugalp. 120
The Dutch garden: water and colour triumphantp. 122
Seventeenth-Century Holland: Flowers Worth Their Weight in Goldp. 128
The Representation of the Garden: the Boundless Garden and the Bird's-Eye Viewp. 130
The eighteenth century: The return to Arcadiap. 132
Splendour and originality in the German gardenp. 135
Felix Austriap. 146
The development of the classical garden in Europep. 148
Eastern Europe: Masterpieces Reclaimedp. 160
The Arcadian landscapep. 162
The Jardin Anglais in Europep. 180
The Representation of the Garden: Man and Garden as Protagonists in Eighteenth-Century Engravingsp. 182
The nineteenth century: From the picturesque to the eclecticp. 184
The development of the English gardenp. 187
The Return of the Enthusiasm for Topiaryp. 192
The English garden in Europep. 194
The Fashion for English-Style Gardens in Russiap. 202
The fin de siecle gardenp. 204
The Great Hothousesp. 212
The Representation of the Garden: the Garden as Depicted in Oils and Watercoloursp. 214
The twentieth century: The bourgeois gardenp. 216
The modern garden in Europep. 221
The Revival of the Classical Gardenp. 232
The contemporary garden in Europep. 234
Design and Naturalism in Gardens of the Scandinavian Schoolp. 244
From revival to modernism. The Americasp. 246
The Hispano-Arab Influence in the Mexican Gardens of Luis Barraganp. 254
The Representation of the Garden: the Garden in photographyp. 256
Glossaryp. 258
Selected bibliographyp. 262
Sources of illustrationsp. 263