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The Monster in the Garden
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The Monster in the Garden
The Grotesque and the Gigantic in Renaissance Landscape Design

Luke Morgan

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 48 illus.
Cloth 2015 | ISBN 9780812247558 | $69.95s | Outside the Americas £56.00
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A volume in the series Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture
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Highly Commended for the 2016 Best Book Award by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

Monsters, grotesque creatures, and giants were frequently depicted in Italian Renaissance landscape design, yet they have rarely been studied. Their ubiquity indicates that gardens of the period conveyed darker, more disturbing themes than has been acknowledged.

In The Monster in the Garden, Luke Morgan argues that the monster is a key figure in Renaissance culture. Monsters were ciphers for contemporary anxieties about normative social life and identity. Drawing on sixteenth-century medical, legal, and scientific texts, as well as recent scholarship on monstrosity, abnormality, and difference in early modern Europe, he considers the garden within a broader framework of inquiry. Developing a new conceptual model of Renaissance landscape design, Morgan argues that the presence of monsters was not incidental but an essential feature of the experience of gardens.

Luke Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory at Monash University. He is author of Nature as Model: Salomon de Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape Design.

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