Medici Gardens: From Making to Design

By Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto | Go to book overview

Fig. 1. Medici villas on the outskirts of Florence.

century according to the demands of fascist leaders, and it was inevitably tainted by political propaganda. The Medici villas, in particular, offer an example of the way gardens were reinterpreted to define a shared understanding of a selected past that sustained and privileged an ambiance steeped in Renaissance culture, and that was intended to serve political legitimization and economic development.

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, garden historians and architects have undertaken a reconstruction of the physical configuration and appearance of Medici pleasances, and they have already published many studies that illustrate their hypotheses and speculations. Other works have classified these gardens under specific typological and stylistic headings. This is one of the most common scholarly approaches, though it risks attributing labels to places that do not merit them. In fact, accounts of the Medici villas have often fallen prey to the teleological temptation of setting their gardens, or at least the gardens’ assumed physical appearance, in the larger context of the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One- Medici Gardens 10
  • Chapter Two- From Work of Nature to Work of Art 88
  • Chapter Three- Writing the Garden in the Age of Humanism 99
  • Chapter Four- Practice and Theory 146
  • Conclusion 179
  • Appendix A- Letter by Galeazzo Maria Sforza 187
  • Appendix B- Metric Letter by Alessandro Braccesi 189
  • Notes 195
  • Bibliography 275
  • Photographic Acknowledgments 293
  • Index 295
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