The Elegant Garden: Architecture and Landscape of the World's Finest Gardens (Hardcover)

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ITEM#: 14117026

Johann Kraftner studied architecture, specializing in the history of art and conservation. Since 2004, he has served as director of the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna and curator of the Princely Collections at Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
The first major illustrated monograph in many years on the history of gardens, landscape design, and architecture, focusing on both the Western and Eastern traditions and their influences. Ambitious in scope and lavishly illustrated, this book surveys every period in garden design and landscape architecture, from classical antiquity and the medieval cloisters to the latest trends in modern design. Captured here are two millennia of garden history—the most comprehensive garden photo documentary ever undertaken by a single author. From the Roman gardens at Hadrian’s villa to the modern work of landscape architects, historical and contemporary gardens are showcased with special attention to the relationship between gardens and houses. The informative text reveals the evolutions, transformations, influences, and trends that characterize these beautiful landscapes, putting into context their aesthetic appeal. Gardens are unique, reflecting the landscape, flora, and climate of their environments as well as the heritage, history, architectural styles, and influences of society. From the fountain gardens of Persia to the prairie-style gardens currently popular, from the Zen gardens of Buddhist temples to the Impressionist gardens in Giverny, the huge variety of gardens is a testament to our age-old desire to tame and refashion nature. This gorgeously photographed book will captivate travelers and garden admirers alike and inspire gardeners with ideas for design, horticulture, and use.

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ISBN 9780847839285
Genre GARDENING / Garden Design
Format Hardcover
Pages 432
Publisher Date 2012-11-13 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rizzoli Intl Pubns
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.75 in
Wdth 11.75 in
Thickness 2.0 in
Unit weight 6.28 lb
Language English
Subtitle Architecture and Landscape of the World's Finest Gardens
Audience General/trade
Authors Kraftner, Johann
Country of Origin United States

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