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Monique Mosser
 
Mosser, Monique
Mosser, Monique
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Description: The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the...
Shortly after the last war, Ernest de Ganay, reflecting on the terrible fate of one of the finest classical gardens in France...
PublisherMIT Press
Description: The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the...
It is a topos to try to establish to what extent garden aesthetics are a reliable indication of fashion, and further, whether they are a concrete reflection of a particular period’s view of the world: whence the facile but...
PublisherMIT Press
Description: The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the...
It was the Frenchman Jean-Marie Morel who, in his Théories desjardins (1776), provided one of the best studies of garden fabriques...
PublisherMIT Press
Description: The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the...
The idea of the garden as a natural space adapted by man to meet his own aesthetic demands grew from the concept that private land could be used to satisfy many human needs, and from the conviction that the beauty of nature could be improved by the work of man (Giulio Carlo Argan). In other words, the garden always has two roles, and it is as inseparable from its utilitarian function as it is from...
PublisherMIT Press
Description: The Architecture of Western Gardens: A Design History from the Renaissance to the...
Monique Mosser (Editor), Georges Teyssot (Editor)
The Architecture of Western Gardens presents an international tour of garden design from the Renaissance to the present. As object and as literature, it is an unprecedented resource. The more than seventy essays by scholars from Europe and America all commissioned for this book--and over 650 illustrations raise the standard of garden literature to a new level. The result is an invaluable compendium that will serve as a fundamental starting point for exploring the many expressions of the place where nature and culture, project and diversion, work and pleasure meet.

Organized chronologically, the essays and illustrations make up a mosaic of the garden in the Western world. The humanist garden in Renaissance Italy, the concepts of the "Sublime" and the "Picturesque," mazes, grottoes, and other curiosities, city parks, American land art, and even Disneyland are among the topics treated. Discussions of characteristic aspects of history and theory are followed by analyses of individual gardens as paradigms of their type: the Hortus Palatinus in Heidelberg, the Parc Monceau in Paris, the Park Guell in Barcelona, Stowe in England, and many more.

The illustrations are a model of how iconography can function as text. They include ground plans meticulously redrawn from original archival material to provide precise information on the scale and nature of many of the projects, as well as a wealth of drawings, reconstructions, paintings, and photographs.
Author
Monique Mosser (Editor), Georges Teyssot (Editor)
PublisherMIT Press
Print publication date August 1991 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780262132640
EISBN 9780300238761
Illustrations 630
Print Status in print