Title: Italian gardens
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Elgood, George Samuel, 1851-
Publisher: London, New York, Bombay & Calcutta : Longmans, Green and Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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lowed Vignola, and after the death of Michael Angelo he hadbeen entrusted, in conjunction with Domenico Fontana, with the com-pletion of the dome of St. Peters. It would be too long a storyto give a list of his works, of which the Villa Aldobrandini wasthe last. Here he seems to have had the fullest scope for his talents, and tohave used thbm to excellent purpose. The unusual handling of thebaroque casino itself, with its gable corners and stilted roof-gable, surprisesrather than satisfies, and we recognise that in the building of this casinodella Porta has shaken himself free from the usual laws that govern thearchitect, and has allowed himself a liberty which he would not havetaken with more serious work. The main lines of the villa, the arrangement of the mighty terracesand stairways, present a splendid example of the more powerful style ofthat time, the work being extremely well carried out under della Portassupervision by Orazio Olivieri and Giovanni Fontana, who are here seen 60
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at their best in work of a lighter vein, which forms a pleasing contrast tothe more robust style of della Porta. The hill side, from the lowest terrace to the summit, has been orna-mented with a great variety of fountains, large and small, including amagnificent cascade, ending in a thedtre deau. Immediately behind thecasino^ and only separated from it by the width of a terrace, is this thedtre,on lines similar to those at the Villa Lancellotti and the Villa Mondra-gone. But this one is much more highly decorated, and the wings, ex-tending some forty paces on either side, are a more important feature ;the hemicycle, though larger, has only five principal niches, below whichare five circular basins connected with each other by a channel. An engraving of the thidtre deau, made by Barriere about 1647, ^^^also gives a short description of its principal features, shows how fewchanges have been made since his day. In the central niche he shows usa group of Atlas bearing the world upon his s
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