European Gardens

Vercelloni, Author, Virgilio Vercelloni, Author Rizzoli International Publications $65 (207p) ISBN 978-0-8478-1294-3
Entertainingly idiosyncratic in its selection of material, this historical compendium of facts and fascinating lore takes off on a visual romp through the history of gardens. Rather than adhere to a conventional narrative format, Vercelloni--an Italian architect, city planner and landscape gardener--arranges his material as though it were a slide show, devoting each page to an image and accompanying text. Beginning with the ``landscape'' of the Ice Ages, forging ahead to the Renaissance and finally reaching contemporary times, the author presents a captivating grab-bag of information, covering such topics as the significance of flowers in Renaissance painting, the reasoning behind the 17th-century craze for tulips and the role of contemporary urban parks in society. With its strong visual orientation and pungent text, Vercelloni's ``historical atlas'' looks deftly and light-heartedly at humanity's ongoing love of gardens. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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