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The Garden in Art [Hardcover]

Debra Mancoff
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16 Sep 2011
Rich in symbolism and metaphor, and blessed with its own varied and dramatic palette, the garden has proved to be an extremely fertile source of artistic inspiration. In The Garden in Art, acclaimed art historian Debra Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history - from ancient Egypt to the present day - have employed the motif of the garden. Featuring more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works, the book approaches its subject thematically, exploring such topics as working gardens, the garden through the seasons and artists' gardens. Complete with a detailed timeline and a suggested list of gardens to visit, The Garden in Art is an absorbing and highly rewarding examination of the meaning and significance of the depiction of the garden.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (16 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945224
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 2.8 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a gardener it is a joy: 200 pages of garden paintings from Ancient Egypt to Stanley Spencer, all beautifully reproduced… the intriguing part of this book is how you can see not just an unfurling of history of garden painting but also of gardens themselves. --The Times

A tome so beautiful and appealing that even if you have no interest whatsoever in the subject matter, as an artist you will want to own it.

The Garden in Art is not simply enticing because of the pictures, generously reproduced both in terms of size and clarity, but also because of how Debra N. Mancoff draws from such a variety of sources, in order to give a full account of how the garden has been depicted throughout the history of art.

Mancoff writes with depth and enthusiasm on each image of the book. --Artists and Illustrators Magazine

Featuring a stunning collection of 200 works, this beautiful book explores the depiction of the garden in art from ancient Egypt to the present day.

This captivating and beautifully illustrated book will appeal to the armchair gardener and art lover alike. --Period Homes and Interiors Magazine

An expert in impressionism.

Brief, intelligent essays.

An added bonus is the list of suggested artists' gardens to visit at the end. --Royal Academy Magazine

I am going to relish this book and drink in every page --Val Bourne, The Oxford Times

An expert in impressionism.

Brief, intelligent essays.

An added bonus is the list of suggested artists' gardens to visit at the end. --Royal Academy Magazine

'Providing huge inspiration, The Garden in Art by Debra N. Mancoff … It is pure bliss!' --The English Home

An expert in impressionism.

Brief, intelligent essays.

An added bonus is the list of suggested artists' gardens to visit at the end. --Royal Academy Magazine

About the Author

Debra Mancoff is Adjunct Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her publications include Van Gogh's Flowers (1999), Monet's Garden in Art (2001) and Flora Symbolica: Flowers in Pre-Raphaelite Art (2003). She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant art book 8 Oct 2011
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I was a fan of Debra Mancoff's previous book 'Flora Symbolica',this work is more than up to standard.Informative readable text has been married to numerous high quality,full colour reproductions of paintings,some well known,others new to me.A book to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 15 Jan 2012
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I really like this book. It's a delightful tour through the paradise gardens of Islam, the literati gardens of China, Dutch formal gardens, French royal gardens and the intimate ones created by artists themselves. On the way we see gardens being cultivated, lovers having trysts in bowers, the Angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary and the Madonna and Child sitting in the most perfect walled garden. It's more than just a picture book: the lavish design and beautiful pictures are underpinned by some serious scholarship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Book 5 Dec 2011
By Andrew
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This book was a present and I was so happy with it, the details within the pictures are superb, it is exactly what I was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden in Art 8 Oct 2012
By Bookish
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This is a beautifully presented book with PLENTY of high quality colour photographs. It is one of the best books I have seen for a long time and will not disappoint even the most discerning buyer. A coffee table book to treasure and dip into time after time. Have not read it all as only arrived today but am sure I will not be let down judging by the other reviews which made me buy it. Well worth the investment.
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