Gardens of Lucca Book
Gardens of Lucca – The theatre of nature in town and country
Author: Maria Adriana Giusti
Photos: Luca Lupi
Features: 296 page volume in elegant slip-case, printed using four-colour process on patinated opaque paper of 150 gr/mq, sewn binding, format 24 x 33 cm. Cloth cover with gold print, also on spine. Dust jacket printed by four-colour process on plastic-coated patinated paper of 200 gr/mq.
Images on endpapers printed by two-colour process.
The Theatre of Nature in Town and Country provides a rare opportunity to explore the great phases in the history of gardens. This book presents the theme of the garden as individual expression and as architecture created by nature – the garden as a meeting place of arts and culture, of knowledge and craftsmanship and of the physical and spiritual. These characteristics are common to all gardens – from noble city residences and monasteries to important villas, from medieval vegetable gardens to baroque water theatres. We can trace the essence of the natural world meeting the Classical revival of the 20th century. In the Lucca area, this culture of continuing enrichment and experimentation has resulted in a remarkable range of excellent examples.
The author, Maria Adriana Giusti, is a professor at the Politecnico di Torino, and is internationally known for her studies of villas and historical gardens.