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Bourgeois And Aristocratic Cultural Encounters In Garden Art, 1550-1850
by Michael Conan
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Bourgeois and Aristocratic Cultural Encounters in Garden Art, 1550-1850 offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover how complex relationships between bourgeois and aristocrats have led to developments in garden art from the Renaissance into the Industrial Revolution, irrespective of stylistic differences. These essays show how garden creation has contributed to blurring social boundaries and to the ongoing redefinition of the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy. Also illustrated is the aggressive use of gardens by bourgeois in more-or-less successful attempts at subverting existing social hierarchies in renaissance Genoa and eighteenth-century Bristol, England; as well as the opposite, as demonstrated by the king of France, Louis XIV, who claimed to rule the arts, but imitated the curieux fleuristes, a group of amateurs from diverse strata of French society.
About the Author
Michel Conan is Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.
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