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The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700 by Adopting a broad chronological framework and expanding the regional scope beyond Florence and Venice to include domestic interiors from less studied centers such as Urbino, Ferrara, and Bologna, this collection offers new perspectives on the home in early modern Italy. The volumeOCOs dual emphasis is on reconstructing the material culture of specific residences, and on how particular domestic objects reflect, shape, and mediate family values and relationships within the home."
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2013-12-16
Italian Splendor: Palaces, Castles, and Villas by This well-illustrated tour through 50 magnificent villas and palaces built by the Italian aristocracy, covers country retreats in Tuscany and the Vento, impressive residences in Rome and Sienna, fortress-like castles and grand villas in Trieste and Sicily, and many more. A tour some of the world's grandest and most impeccably built homes. The book will appeal to architecture historians as well as those interested in the history and glamour of the most wealthy and well-known families in Italy.
Call Number: DG420 .B29 1990 Oversize
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
La Villa by Published in 1559 and appearing here for the first time in English, La Villa is a rare source of Renaissance landscape theory. Written by Bartolomeo Taegio, a Milanese jurist and man of letters, after his banishment (possibly for murder, Thomas E. Beck speculates), the text takes the form of a dialogue between two gentlemen, one a proponent of the country, the other of the city. While it is not a gardening treatise, La Villa reflects an aesthetic appreciation of the land in the Renaissance, reveals the symbolic and metaphorical significance of sixteenth-century gardens for their owners, and articulates a specific philosophy about the interaction of nature and culture in the garden. This edition of the original Italian text and Beck's English translation is augmented with notes in which Beck identifies numerous references to literary sources in La Villa and more than 280 people and places mentioned in the dialogue. The introduction illuminates Taegio's life and intellectual activity, his obligations to his sources, the cultural context, and the place of La Villa in Renaissance villa literature. It also demonstrates the enduring relevance of La Villa for architecture and landscape architecture. La Villa makes a valuable contribution to the body of literature about place-making, precisely because it treats the villa as an idea and not as a building type.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2011-09-21
Seventeenth-Century Roman Palaces: Use and the Art of the Plan by Winner, Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, Society of Architectural Historians. "Buildings have lives in time," observes Patricia Waddy in this pioneering study of the relation between plan and use in the palaces of the Borghese, Barberini, and Chigi families. Waddy reconstructs what was done at precise moments in a building's life, relating these acts of building to the needs and purposes of the owners and offering a rich understanding of architectural activity in seventeenth-century Rome. In its analysis of the relation between plan and use over the course of several decades, Seventeenth-Century Roman Palacesprovides a valuable measure for estimating architectural changes over time and a basis for reevaluating seventeenth-century design skills. It is also a fascinating account that shows how the requirements of a hierarchical diplomatic society, whose leaders were celibate churchmen, intersected with a tradition of plasticity, flexibility, and revision in the architecture of Rome's major palaces. Waddy first delves into the complex workings of the household to conceptualize a general program for any large Roman palace of the period. She explains the intricate relationships between design and use at a time when elaborate rules of behavior governed the flow of aristocratic life. The activities of households requiring as many as one hundred staff are examined in lively detail as Waddy describes the specialized workplaces and living quarters, the segregated residences for the family's noblewomen and their attendants, seasonal apartments, the circulation of carriages and people, and the settings that reflected the patron's special interests—varying from theater and ball games to art and bathing. She then considers five palaces commissioned by families at the pinnacle of Roman society. The architects range from the well-known Carlo Maderno and Gianlorenzo Bernini to others who are barely remembered. Patricia Waddy is Associate Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University. An Architectural History Foundation Book.
Call Number: DG812 .W33 1990
Publication Date: 1990-11-30
The Villa As Hegemonic Architecture by "Here for the first time in a complete English translation is the now classic study of 1970 by Bentmann and Muller, which was one of the earliest and is still one of the most innovative examples of New Left art history. Because of its deft use of critical theory, The Villa as Hegemonic Architecture is one of the best examples of how the thought of the Frankfurt School and the New Left relates to art history as a whole." "Bentmann and Muller mount a sustained but supple ideological critique of the values leading to the construction of the sixteenth-century Venetian villa. They are able to explicate how the villa's structural logic and overall configuration embodied resolutely patriarchal values and also how it was a formative force in the consolidation of incipient Venetian capitalism." "By locating the "villa ideology" in relation to the larger "city vs. country" conflict about which Marx, Raymond Williams, and others have written, Bentmann and Muller also perceptively address the Western concept of nature, with its attendant ecological consequences. In one of their most brilliant formulations, the authors compellingly show how all of the above factors led to the actual function of the Venetian villa as a "negative utopia," that is, as the ruling-class alternative to the more egalitarian "positive utopias" then being envisioned by Thomas More and Tommaso Campanella." "Illustrated with 24 full-page photographs and line drawings, The Villa as Hegemonic Architecture will be of particular interest to those engaged in the study of art historical methods and of architectural history, especially of the Renaissance period."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Call Number: NA7594 .B4413 1992
Publication Date: 1992-10-01
The Villas of Palladio by The Renaissance architect and builder Andrea Palladio is arguable the most influential architect in Western history, and certainly the most beloved. His sixteenth-century villas in the Italian Veneto revolutionized the course of architecture, and the principles on which he based his work are still felt today. For the past several years, Italian watercolorist Giovanni Giaconi has devoted his talents to creating exquisite large-format pen-and-ink watercolor renderings of all thirty-two of Palladio's villas. Each drawing captures the timeless beauty of Palladian architecture and provides a detailed record of these masterpieces. Together with brief descriptions of each villa, samples of Giaconi's preparatory sketches, and where available, Palladio's own woodcuts, these works of art leave a deep impression of Palladio's oeuvre and give the reader an opportunity to compare the original designs with the actual buildings and their present state of conservation. This beautiful book is a must-have and the perfect gift for architects, travelers, and lovers of Italy and Palladio's architecture.
Call Number: NA1123.P2 W55 2003
Publication Date: 2003-09-01