The Garden in Art

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Rich in symbolism and metaphor, and blessed with its own varied and dramatic palette, the garden has proved to be an extremely fertile source of artistic inspiration. In The Garden in Art, acclaimed art historian Debra N. Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history – from ancient Egypt to the present day – have employed the motif of the garden. Featuring more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works, the book approaches its subject thematically, ...
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Overview


Rich in symbolism and metaphor, and blessed with its own varied and dramatic palette, the garden has proved to be an extremely fertile source of artistic inspiration. In The Garden in Art, acclaimed art historian Debra N. Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history – from ancient Egypt to the present day – have employed the motif of the garden. Featuring more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works, the book approaches its subject thematically, exploring such topics as working gardens, the garden through the seasons and artists’ gardens. Complete with a detailed timeline and a suggested list of gardens to visit, The Garden in Art is an absorbing and highly rewarding examination of the meaning and significance of the depiction of the garden.
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Gardens can be mazes or sanctuaries; places of rendezvous or escape; symbols of primal sin or pristine natural beauty. Debra Mancoff's The Garden in Art shows that these preserves have inspired artists in vastly different ways almost since the dawn of civilization. In more than 200 well-chosen illustrations of famous and lesser-known works, she charts these seismographic changes. An apt gift for any lover of these allied pursuits.

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Featuring a stunning selection of 200 works, this beautiful book explores the depiction of the garden in art from ancient Egypt to the present day… this captivating and beautifully illustrated book will appeal to the armchair gardener and art lover alike — Period Homes and Interiors Magazine

For a gardener it is a joy: 200 pages of garden paintings from Ancient Egypt to Stanley Spencer, all beautifully reproduced &mdash The Times

…a delightful book and the perfect read for someone who enjoys gardens or is an art lover — Period Living Magazine

…a tome so beautiful and appealing that even if you have no interest whatsoever in the subject matter, as an artist you will want to own it. — Artists and Illustrators Magazine

The Garden in Art is not simply enticing because of the pictures – generously reproduced both in terms of size and clarity – but also because of how Debra N. Mancoff draws from such a variety of sources, in order to give a full account of how the garden has been depicted throughout the history of art… Mancoff writes with depth and enthusiasm on each image of the book — Artists and Illustrators Magazine

With 200 famous and lesser-known works, the book gives insight into the artists' inspirations as well as analysis of the depicted flowers — Evening Standard

An apt gift for any lover of these allied pursuits — Barnes and Noble

An expert in impressionism… brief, intelligent essays… An added bonus is the list of suggested artists' gardens to visit at the end.— Royal Academy Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858945224
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers, LTD
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Debra N. Mancoff is Adjunct Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her publications include Van Gogh’s Flowers (1999), Monet’s Garden in Art (2001) and Flora Symbolica: Flowers in Pre-Raphaelite Art (2003). She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain.
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