Cece Haydock

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, New England

Medici Revisited: Tuscan Villas and Transplanted Englishmen

May 5 @ 2:00pm

Sponsored by The Magazine Antiques

FREE

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Join the New England Chapter of the ICAA in partnership with The Magazine Antiques for this lecture by Cece Haydock, which details the fabulously wealthy Medici bankers towered over Tuscany during the Renaissance. With their riches, the princes built large villas with elaborate gardens just outside Florence. Medici, Castello, and Petraia are a few of the early country estates built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Four hundred years later most villas remained although in need of repair. New money arrived in the Tuscan hills as the expatriate Englishmen busied themselves renewing and creating magnificent gardens such as Gamberaia, La Pietra, I Tatti and Le Balze. Learn the history of Renaissance garden making and how it was interpreted by English gardeners of the early 20th century.

The fabulously wealthy Medici bankers towered over Tuscany during the Renaissance.  With their riches, the princes built large villas with elaborate gardens just outside Florence.  Medici, Castello, and Petraia are a few of the early country estates built in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Four hundred years later most villas remained although in need of repair.  New money arrived in the Tuscan hills as the expatriate Englishmen busied themselves renewing and creating magnificent gardens such as Gamberaia, La Pietra, I Tatti and Le Balze.  During this talk, we will learn the art of Renaissance garden making and how it was interpreted by English gardeners of the early 20th century.

 

Villas to be toured include:

 

  • Villa Medici (1451-7 Giovanni di Cosimo de’ Medici, Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, 1911, Cecil Pinsent and Geoffrey Scott)

  • Villa di Castello (1477, 1537-8, Cosimo I)

  • Boboli Gardens (1550 Tribolo, Davide Fortini, then Vasari 1554-1561 and Bartolomeo Ammannati 1560-83)

  • Villa della Petraia  (1568 Ferdinando de’Medici, 1588 Raffaello di Zonobi di Pagno)

  • Villa Guicciardini Corso Salviati (1644, 1907 Giulio Giucciardini Corsi)

  • Villa Gamberaia (1610 Zanobi di Andrea Lapi, 1896: Princess Ghyka)

  • Villa La Pietra (1904, Harold Acton)

  • Villa I Tatti (1911, Cecil Pinsent)

  • Le Balze (1914, Cecil Pinsent)

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