"Gardens of the Renaissance" by . Kenne

Gardens of the Renaissance . Kenne

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Publication date:
30 May 2013
Getty Publications
88 pages: 222 x 174 x 12mm

This is a fascinating volume that uses illustrated manuscripts to gain a unique insight into the gardens of the Renaissance. Whether part of a grand villa or an extension of a common kitchen, gardens in the Renaissance were planted and treasured in all reaches of society. Illuminated manuscripts of the period offer a glimpse into how people at the time pictured, used, and enjoyed these idyllic green spaces. Drawn from a wide range of works in the Getty Museum's permanent collection, this gorgeously illustrated volume explores gardens on many levels, from the literary Garden of Love and the biblical Garden of Eden to courtly gardens of the nobility, and reports on the many activities - both reputable and scandalous - that took place there.

Bryan C. Keene is a curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.