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Abstract In his Preface to one of the first books in English dedicated to the history of the French garden, William Howard Adams wrote the following: The French garden is one of the celebrated and distinguishing elements of that civilization, as is its cuisine and code of manners. Rooted in...
Abstract The aim of this essay is to establish connections between the style of gardens and the scientific movement in 17th-century Europe. This raises problems of terminology. What exactly is a Baroque garden? And what is the scientific imagination? The second question is one of method, and it...
Abstract La Fontaine's love of gardens dates from 1659 when his patron Nicolas Fouquet commissioned him to compose a work in celebration of Vaux. After the surintendant's disgrace in 1661, the poet went from being a poetic observer of gardens into a creator of poetic gardens. To do justice to...
Abstract Scholars, historians, and art historians of Versailles have long appreciated André Felibien's Description de la Grotte as a panegyric account of one of the most celebrated monuments of Louis XIV's first garden program for Versailles.1 The Grotto of Thetis, begun c. 1664/5 and completed...
Abstract Les beaux plants et les belles eaux que celles d'une maison que j'ai vu dans un vallon en deça de Ia tour de Montfort .... II faut l'avouer nettement et sans détour: je suis fou de Pontchartrain, de ses tenants et aboutissants, circonstances et dépendances.1
Abstract Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi and Fabio Garbari have both on several occasions occupied themselves with research on the Botanical Garden in Pisa, of which the Giardino dei Scmplici: L'orto botanico di Pisa dal XVI al xx secolo (Pisa, 1991) (in collaboration with Alessandro Tosi) is one of the...
Abstract Anyone who has had to struggle with the unwieldy early volumes of Country Life, often in deteriorating leather bindings, will thank Mitchell Beazley for undertaking this handsome series of books featuring photographs from the early years of the magazine. In reproducing these...
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