Social History of Art

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16th Italy Villa Lante

Landscape with Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola, fresco in the casino at Villa Lante, Bagnaia

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Landscape with Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola, fresco in the casino at Villa Lante, Bagnaia
Like the previous photo, one of four large frescoes in the casino at Villa Lante which depicts contemporary Italian villas. This shows the competition between villa owners who greatly increased the scope and complexity of villa and landscape architecture in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This dynamic culminated in the later 17th century villa of Versailles which went from a "simple," 60-room hunting lodge to a giant complex housing 10,000 people.
Posted by Robert Baldwin on September 14, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow