The World of AndrŽ Le N™tre

Mariage's examination of André Le Nôtre moves beyond traditional art historical documentation and appreciation into a realm of interpretation. He situates Le Nôtre garden art in a complex social and cultural world.

The World of André Le Nôtre

Thierry Mariage. Translated by Graham Larkin

1998 | 168 pages | Cloth $42.50 | Paper $26.50
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Establishment of the Classic Landscape
—Mutations of the Seigneurial Residence
—Protectionist Policies and Economic Planning
—The Rehabilitation of the French Nobility

2. The Generation of Planners
—The Milieu and Corporation of Gardeners
—Practical Geometry and Measuring Instruments
—Conceptions of Landscape

3. Theory and Forms of the French Garden
—From Agronomy to Aesthetics
—The Precepts of Boyceau de la Baraudiere
—Symbolism of the Classic Garden and Origins of the Constitutive Parts
—Some Gardens from the First Half of the Seventeenth Century
—Critical Analysis of Courances
—The Originality of Vaux
—Fragments of Le Notre's Theory and Typical Features of His Style

4. Parks, Forests, and Planning
—The Surintendance des Batiments du Roi
—Regional-Scale Planning at Versailles
—Regulation of Space


Translator's Acknowledgments