Oct 26, 2020  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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ENST 333 - The Art of the Garden in Early Modern Italy

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as ART 333 ) Changing attitudes toward the relationship between art and nature were played out in the design of Italian villas and gardens, c. 1450- c. 1650. These large-scale estates generated by renowned architects and patrons established models for the Western landscape tradition. Their designs for buildings, hardscaping, plantings, waterworks, and decorations blurred distinctions among art, architecture and landscape, as well as between indoors and outdoors; city and country; and nature and artifice. We examine sites from Tuscany, Rome, the Veneto, and Naples, considering the inheritance of ancient Roman, medieval, and Islamic landscape traditions, and the later reception of Italian planning in France and England. We also explore the impact of new flora and fauna brought to Europe in the age of overseas exploration, trade, and conquest, as well as changing patterns of collecting and display. Readings explore villa ideology, the relation between city and country life, the garden as utopia, and human dominion over nature. During excursions to local landscapes, we experience the agency of the ambulatory spectator in constructing place and narrative, and consider the reception of the Italian garden in America. Yvonne Elet.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.



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