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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lender columnsof delicate veined marble support an entablature, the central opening onlybeing spanned by an arch, on each side of which are busts in circularniches. The old print already mentioned depicts statues standing outagainst the sky above each corner, and in the place of the present tiledroof a geometrical trellised dome overhung with vines. To what extentthe exterior of the villa was decorated in colour it is not easy to tell ; inall probability the whole of it was painted. Several of the grottoes andunderground chambers still retain their frescoes, and the semicircularcolonnade at the rear of the casino is adorned with frescoes by thecelebrated Taddeo Zucchero, who has here given rein to his fancy 37 in the most playful fashion. The walls are covered with grotteschi,and the vaulted ceiling is painted as a trellised bower, wreathedwith roses, jasmine, and various other flowers, interspersed withbirds, saytrs, and great numbers of little naked boys, sporting in variousways. 38
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VILLA PIATTI It is only necessary to glance at Giambattista Nollis great Plan of Rome,published in 1748, to see, that dovetailed in between the villas of thegreat Lords and Cardinals were innumerable smaller villas and vigne.Those which have escaped the net of the speculative builder are nowchiefly to be found in the more open ground beyond the Colosseum, andare of more than passing interest, for they form a valuable link in thedevelopment of the art of gardening. One that is fairly accessible is the little garden of the Priorato orKnights of Malta on the Aventine. It is but a few yards square, witha little terrace overhanging the Tiber and looking across to the RipaGrande, with the coasting-vessels lying at their moorings, and beyond theTrastevere to the dome of St. Peters and the blue hills behind. Set back from the river, and enclosed by high walls of greenery, liesthe tiny garden laid out with, tall box-edging, and adorned with manypots of oleander, azalea, and lemon. Here and the
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