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La Villa

La Villa

La Villa


Taegio, Bartolomeo. La Villa

Univ. of Pennsylvania Press

Cl. 2011

Book ID: 89087

Published in 1559 and appearing here for the first time in English in a translation by Thomas E. Beck, La Villa is a rare source of Renaissance landscape theory. Written by Bartolomeo Taegio, a Milanese jurist and man of letters, 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.

352 pp. Italian/English.