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Clio in the Italian Garden

Clio in the Italian Garden

Twenty-First–Century Studies in Historical Methods and Theoretical Perspectives

Edited by Mirka Beneš and Michael G. Lee

ISBN 9780884023678

Publication date: 06/01/2011

Italian gardens have received more attention from historians than perhaps any other garden tradition. This volume presents eight richly illustrated essays by established and emerging scholars that suggest striking new directions for future research.

Mirka Beneš and Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto examine the long historical development and disciplinary diversity of Italian garden studies. Marcello Fagiolo and Vincenzo Cazzato advance a new theory of villa systems that enlarges the geographical frame of the field. Mauro Ambrosoli highlights the contributions of anonymous laborers and gardeners in the creation of the countryside, while Lionella Scazzosi shows how this broader view of agency informs decisions by policymakers regarding the restoration and maintenance of historical gardens. Antonella Pietrogrande and Denis Ribouillault offer new interpretations of some of the most famous Renaissance sites through analyses of cultural imagination and modes of perception.

This volume exemplifies the broad transformations, both quantitative and methodological, taking place in the study and practice of garden design, and offers a reflective meditation on the vitality of one of the oldest branches of garden and landscape history.


  • Mirka Beneš is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Michael G. Lee is the Reuben M. Rainey Chair in the History of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia.

Book Details

  • 288 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection