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Italian Villas and Gardens: A Corso Di Disegno (Architecture) Paperback – April, 1992
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From Library Journal
Van der Ree's geographically grouped corso di designo on over 40 villas from the medieval to the baroque is accomplished through a villa-by-villa analysis. Maps found at the beginning of each geographic section denote the locations of the villas. The design of each villa, its structure, and its relationship to surrounding nature are illustrated by special geometric line drawings and by black-and-white photographs of the actual villa. Each villa's hours of operation are also included. The understated production of this book reinforces its serious intent and its focus on the underlying principles, philosophy, and evolution of the concept of the Renaissance villa. Its goal to explore "how the interaction between the architecture, the gardens and the landscape can be studied" provides a rich academic framework for architects, landscape artists, art historians, Renaissance scholars, and Italophiles. For most libraries.
- Ellen Bates, New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A larger number of villas are presented on a map introducing each area. From this roughly half are selected to be presented individually in text and by drawings on the following pages in the chapter.
So if you are blessed with the eyes of an architect or would like to develope this skill you are in for a treat. I've returned to this book many times and enjoyed it tremendously. It offers a great chance to understand the complete structures otherwise only possible by a visit "in situ".