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Expatriate Gardens in Tuscany:Planting Ideas of Nationality

Brown, Jessica
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Brown, Jessica
Advisor
Lee, Michael
Abstract
In the early twentieth-century, Tuscany was in the spotlight with an overwhelming presence in both the social scene and the body of publications and writings coming from its own hills. Over the previous few decades, villas in and around Florence were receiving new life thanks to the inpouring of wealthy Anglo-Americans. Growing fascination with garden studies at the turn of the century coincided with that arrival of numerous foreign writers, artists, diplomats, and intellectuals to Florence and its surrounding country. While the early patrons made some renovations, the defining of what should be considered as Italian villas and gardens began in rural Tuscany at the cusp of the century. At Villas Gamberaia, I Tatti, and La Foce, the patrons combined their own mixed lineage and upbringings with their perceived ideals of the Italian Renaissance, making a visible display of the confluence. Viewed together, they create the timeline of power given to formal gardens to express and influence the understanding and defining of Italy by foreign expatriate elites.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Architectural History, MARH (Master of Architectural History), 2017
Published Date
2017-12-20
Degree
MARH (Master of Architectural History)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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