La Villa

La Villa

BARTOLOMEO TAEGIO
EDITED AND TRANSLATED BY THOMAS E. BECK
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 312
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    La Villa
    Book Description:

    Published in 1559 and appearing here for the first time in English,La Villais a rare source of Renaissance landscape theory. Written by Bartolomeo Taegio, a Milanese jurist and man of letters, after his banishment (possibly for murder, Thomas E. Beck speculates), the text takes the form of a dialogue between two gentlemen, one a proponent of the country, the other of the city. While it is not a gardening treatise,La Villareflects an aesthetic appreciation of the land in the Renaissance, reveals the symbolic and metaphorical significance of sixteenth-century gardens for their owners, and articulates a specific philosophy about the interaction of nature and culture in the garden.This edition of the original Italian text and Beck's English translation is augmented with notes in which Beck identifies numerous references to literary sources inLa Villaand more than 280 people and places mentioned in the dialogue. The introduction illuminates Taegio's life and intellectual activity, his obligations to his sources, the cultural context, and the place ofLa Villain Renaissance villa literature. It also demonstrates the enduring relevance ofLa Villafor architecture and landscape architecture.La Villamakes a valuable contribution to the body of literature about place-making, precisely because it treats the villa as an idea and not as a building type.

    eISBN: 978-0-8122-0380-6
    Subjects: Architecture and Architectural History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. NOTE ON THIS EDITION AND TRANSLATION
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-80)

    The idea of the villa has a persistent relevance.La Villawill be of interest to many who have been entrusted with the making of habitable spaces because, in his treatment of the idea of the villa, Bartolomeo Taegio articulated the purpose and meaningfulness that he associated with a particular kind of place.La Villacontains three elements that make it especially relevant for landscape architects. First, it reveals a Renaissance appreciation of land not only for its economic utility but also for its aesthetic value. Second, it is one of only two extant documents that articulate a theoretical formulation...

  5. LA VILLA
    (pp. 82-288)

    Che Vita è stata la nostra da che ragionnamo insieme?

    Vitauro. Son stato continovamente in Villa, & penso tornarvi di corto (se potrò spedirmi d’una facenda) che sforzatamente m’ha fatto venire alla città.

    Partenio. Dunque pensate noi di spendere la maggior parte del tempo in villa?

    Vitauro. Cosi penso, & ne sono resolutissimo.

    Partenio. Molto mi meraviglio, che un’huomo come voi tutto civile, affabile, dolce nelle conversationi, & ricco di maniera, che aggiatamente puo vivere nelle città, vogliastarsene il piu del tempo in villa.

    Vitauro. Et io della meraviglia, che del fatto mio prendete, per esser voi persona dimolta isperienza, di sodo giudicio,...

  6. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 289-294)
  7. INDEX
    (pp. 295-298)
  8. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. 299-302)