Villas of Tuscany

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $14.32   
  • New (1) from $155.00   
  • Used (3) from $14.32   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$155.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(228)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

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 D├ęcor.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Handsome photo books of luxuriant abodes in romantic locales make nostalgic mementos of trips past and future, but do they belong in libraries? Do they have lasting appeal and value? While successful as objects of reverie, as interpreters of complex foreign cultures they often fall short. These two examples, aimed expressly at English-speaking Italophiles, engage the eye like elaborate operatic sets. They are long on sun-drenched Boccaccian scenes of enclosed gardens, parterres, and opulent frescoes but skimp on critical cultural content. Villas on the Italian Lakes is a sumptuous visual tour of 12 magnificent private villas that line the storied northern lakes. The author and photographer, whose previous collaborations include Restoring a Home in Italy and Private Tuscany, are a veritable "villa industry" for affluent American book-buying tourists. An awestruck, gushing introduction to Italy's lake district is augmented by historic photos of earlier tourists and towns in the region. Two hundred photos of the lakes, villas, and their breathtaking interiors reveal a richness of detail in carefully modulated colors and tones. Texts and captions emote a tour-guide tone at the expense of more reasoned architectural analysis. A larger and more expensive version of Villas of Tuscany that covered 50 villas was published in 1993. Other than reducing the number of villas to 38, this edition appears unchanged. Cresti's (Univ. of Florence) overview of the development of patrician country estates by Italy's wealthy families too soon gives way to a relentless cavalcade of 300 photos, some of which are poorly exposed and even garish. Tuscan villas around Florence, Lucca, and Siena, most of which are open to the public, are presented chronologically from the 14th to 20th centuries. Villa introductions touch on history, ownership, architects, modifications, art, and interiors. There are enough double-page spreads of frescoes, wallpapers, ornate ceilings, fountains, and sculpture to produce sensory overload. While both books will undoubtedly attract avid viewers, their value to all but the most comprehensive travel, architecture, and design collections is limited.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865652439
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 12.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)