The World of Andre Le Notre
by Thierry Mariage;John Dixon Larkin GrahamHunt (9780812234688)

The World of Andre Le Notre

Thierry Mariage;John Dixon Larkin GrahamHunt

Release Date: 31 December 1998
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Category: Landscape Art & Architecture
ISBN: 9780812234688
ISBN-10: 0812234685

The gardens of Versailles-along with the name of their chief creator, Andre Le Notre (1613-1700)-have become synonymous with the French style of "formal" garden. This style in its turn would succumb to another "national" mode, the English school of naturalistic and picturesque landscapes. But as Thierry Mariage makes clear, the garden style that Le Notre brought to perfection need not be seen in opposition to the later "English" one. Rather, he claims, they represent two points along a continuum that exists between the natural and cultural worlds.
Published originally in Belgium as "L'univers de Le Nostre," Mariage's examination of Le Notre moves beyond traditional art historical documentation and appreciation into a realm of interpretation. He situates Le Notre's garden art in a complex social and cultural world, where the practices of land management, surveying techniques and hydrology, military practice, and both scientific and literary perspectives on land use and experience brought into being a unique form of landscape architecture. His analysis opens up the fashion in which design techniques and garden philosophy are shaped by material culture.

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