Eleonora di Toledo and the Creation of the Boboli Gardens


In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Eleonora di Toledo, this book examines the origins and significance of her greatest work of artistic patronage, the Boboli Gardens.
Conceived from the outset as a vast estate in the heart of Renaissance Florence, Boboli represents a pivotal moment in the history of the Pitti Palace, in which the traditional relationship between architecture and landscape was inverted: extensive, elaborate gardens now assumed the role of protagonist while the palace was initially relegated to a secondary role.
Fresh archival research confirms that the Spanish princess was responsible for the patronage of the gardens until her death. A key element of this study focuses on the development of Eleonora’s taste in viceregal Naples, prompting a reconsideration of Boboli, beyond its traditional image as part of a glorious continuum of Medici gardens.
This richly illustrated, beautifully produced volume offers a fresh approach for historians of art, architecture, and landscape architecture, but is also highly readable and intended for garden enthusiasts and a broader public interested in history, literature, and the history of the Medici and Tuscany.
Bruce Edelstein is Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research at New York University Florence. His numerous publications focus primarily on the works of sixteenth-century Medici court painters and sculptors, such as Bronzino, Cellini, Pontormo and Tribolo, with a particular emphasis on the artistic patronage of Eleonora di Toledo. He was co-curator of the exhibition Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting, seen at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2018-19.

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SKU: 9788833402796 Categories: ,

Author: Bruce Edelstein
Publisher: Sillabe srl
Cover: Hardback
Pages: 240
Dimensions: cm 25 x 30
Publication date: 2022
ISBN: 9788833402796
Item weight: gr 1800
Language: english

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