Dr. Marciaris slide-illustrated lecture provides a broad overview of the Italian Villa Garden. He will begin with a look at how the Italian Style of garden developed in the Renaissance, especially with respect to the revival of interest in Roman antiquity and to theories of art and artifice in the sixteenth century. After addressing the question of why Italian Gardens look the way that they do, he will look at two of the greatest Renaissance gardens, the Villa dEste at Tivoli and the Villa Lante at Bagnaia, near Viterbo. The lecture will conclude with a consideration of later developments, from baroque gardens to the Italian Renaissance garden in the early 20th century, especially as seen in the gardens designed for the Anglo-American community in Tuscany including Bernard Berensons I Tatti and Iris Origos La Foce.
John Marciari is currently the Florence B. Selden Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, & Photographs of the Yale University Art Gallery. A graduate of Grinell College and Yale University, he has held positions at Yale, The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut, and Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. The recipient of several national and international awards, he has lectured and published widely in the field of Renaissance art and culture.