Item Number: 59339
Title: Italian Gardens
Author: Masson, Georgina
Price: Not Available
Description: With an itnrodcution by Margherita Azzi Visentini. Woodbridge: Garden Art Press, Antique Collectors' Club, 2011. 31cm., hardcover, 360pp., 100 color, 210 b&w illus. New, revised edition. Summary: Originally published in 1961 as a complementary study to Geoffrey Jellicoe's architectural work, "Italian Gardens of the Renaissance", this book is intended to present a layman's point of view on the subject, providing immediate first impressions of the countless pleasures that are a feast to the senses, whilst providing a comprehensive background to the gardens, their antecedents and history. Tracing a line through the history and topography of Italy, Mary Johnson - writing under the pseudonym of Georgina Masson - picks out the finest examples of gardens dating from the Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque periods.Primarily, it is a masterpiece of photography, evoking memories for those who have already visited the gardens and persuasive to those who have not. Secondly, it is a very able study of the history of Italian gardens from their inception in ancient Rome to the triumphs of the Baroque; no one who encountered Mary when on the full flight of research will forget her total dedication to the subject. Contents include: Roman Gardens; Medieval and Early Humanist Gardens; Tuscan Gardens; Roman Renaissance Gardens; Gardens of the Marche and Veneto; and, The Gardens of Northern Italy. This new editions contains Georgina Masson's classic text alongside her original photographs. It includes many previously unpublished images and the layout has been revised to show the gardens in their full glory. There is also a new chapter showing the plans and sections of some of the most famous gardens, enabling readers to fully comprehend their careful design.
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