Historian and author Lucia Impelluso travelled through Italy with photographer Dario Fusaro in search of the most beautiful remnants of the Renaissance. They bring together nine urban villas and country houses that were built in the 15th and 16th centuries and where the unique spirit of the time is still visible.
The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were not only a golden age for painting and sculpture, the Italian Renaissance also made waves in architecture. Well-to-do families and dynasties richly furnished their (city) palaces with frescoes, luxurious furniture and art and had their villas in the countryside surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. We can still reap the fruits of those seeds, because much of that beauty remains visible to this day.
Exceptional residences that still radiate the atmosphere of yesteryear.
As a historian specialising in the study of historical gardens, Lucia Impelluso went in search of some exceptional residences that still radiate the atmosphere of yesteryear. Photographer Dario Fusaro even took a drone to the shoots for the first time to capture the full architectural structure and beautiful views of the gardens. In total, Villas and Gardens of the Renaissance contains 190 colour photographs that will give you a unique glimpse of a bygone time and allow you to immerse yourself completely in a lush world of natural beauty. This book is a unique journey through Italy and all the beauty the country has to offer. A must for those who like to delve into the history of art and architecture like us!
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© Villas and Gardens Of the Renaissance by Lucia Impelluso, Rizzoli New York, 2019. Images © Dario Fusaro