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Li Giardini di Roma / The Gardens of Rome

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Li Giardini di Roma / The Gardens of Rome : Giovanni Battista Falda

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A finely engraved, elegant and elaborate dedication plate from "Li Giardini di Roma" described as "the most beautiful garden book produced in the Roman Baroque." The plate was engraved by Arnold van Westerhout and features a classical garden design within which mythical maidens, cherubs, a wolf and other figures cavort and and enjoy the garden and its fruits. Beyond the hedges and flowerbeds, classical architecture incorporates a water fountain in the form of Atlas supporting a globe from which spouts streams of water into a pond. Falda's work illustrates the layout of nine of the finest gardens of Rome dating from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century. The publication includes views and plans of the Vatican Gardens, those on Quirinal Hill, and, among others, the Villas Mattei, Pamphili, Borghese, Ludovisi, and Montalto. The book is of particular importance as it shows the gardens as originally designed and before they were destroyed or underwent extensive alterations. From the collection of Rodney Shirley.
region: Maps of Italy
mapmaker: Giovanni Battista Falda
place and date of publication: Rome c. 1670
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
ref: 43289

Price: £ 600

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