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Magnificent Buildings, Spendid Gardens

Princeton University Press

Magnificent Buildings, Spendid Gardens

by David R. Coffin
Edited by Vanessa Bezemer Sellers

Magnificent Buildings, Splendid Gardens returns to print some of the most important works of David Coffin, a leading authority on Renaissance architecture who, as one of the first scholars to apply the tools of art history to the study of gardens, became a founder of the discipline of garden and landscape studies.
These essays span the wide range of Coffin’s work, from Italian Renaissance architecture, garden design, sculpture, and drawings to English gardens and landscape designers of the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. Coffin’s approaches are as varied as his subject matter. Some of these essays present the results of his archival research, including his discovery of crucial documents on the Emilian architect Giovan Battista Aleotti and the only documentary evidence identifying Vignola as the architect of the Villa Lante at Bagnaia. 

Softcover, 320 pages, 9"x 11".