Villas of Tuscany

Villas of Tuscany

by Carlo Cresti
     
 

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Europe north of the Alps knew virtually nothing of fine living until Charles VIII of France and his army invaded Italy in the late 15th century. There, in the palaces and villas of Tuscany, the French discovered luxury on a scale beyond anything imagined in the medieval stone castles of the Loire Valley. Even today these villas remain among the wonders of the…  See more details below

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Europe north of the Alps knew virtually nothing of fine living until Charles VIII of France and his army invaded Italy in the late 15th century. There, in the palaces and villas of Tuscany, the French discovered luxury on a scale beyond anything imagined in the medieval stone castles of the Loire Valley. Even today these villas remain among the wonders of the civilized world, with their architecture conceived by such renowned masters as Sangallo, Buontalenti, and Peruzzi, their interiors radiant with trompe-l'oeil frescoes attributed to the likes of Pontormo, Allori, and Il Volterrano, and their lush garden settings replete with fountains, grottoes, statuary, and breathtaking vistas.Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, Villas of Tuscany brings together 40 superb examples ranging in date from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century. Each is captured with all its aristocratic trappings: towers, peach-color stucco walls, and red-tiled roofs; dovecotes, courtyards, and loggias; nobly proportioned salons with sumptuous furnishings; and panoramic views over the Tuscan landscape, a sun-drenched world of rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, and tall cypresses. The text, by Florentine scholar Carlo Cresti, is richly informative.

Author Bio: Carlo Cresti is a practicing architect and a professor of architecture history at the University of Florence. He has written many books on architecture and design, primarily of Florence and Tuscany. Massimo Listri, a Florentine resident, is well known for his photographs of art and architecture, published in such magazines as Elle Décor.

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Library Journal
This elegantly designed and illustrated book provides a rare introduction to the rural villas of Tuscany. Rich in history, art, and architecture, these country seats of the Medici, Corsi, Chigi della Rovere, and other distinguished families reflect a lifestyle that has seldom been matched anywhere in the world. Cresti's introductory chapters provide insights into daily life at the villas, the basic architectural types and styles, and the important role of gardens and interior appointments. The second half of the book focuses on 54 villas, both large and small, providing a short history of the family and the villa's significant features. Since many of the properties are closed to the public, this sumptuously illustrated book provides unique glimpses into the life of Tuscan nobility. Highly recommended.-H. Ward Jandl, National Park Srvc., Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865652439
Publisher:
Vendome Press
Publication date:
09/10/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 12.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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