Collecting in the garden
Author: Tice, Lisa Neal
Source: Journal of the History of Collections, Volume 23, Number 2, 15 November 2011 , pp. 315-331(17)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Italian Renaissance and Baroque casini, or garden houses, typically served as recreational spaces that often displayed parts of patrons collections. Most objects were removed from the casini over time, and thus the main source of information on the buildings content and function derives from contemporary inventories. This paper examines the inventories of two casini in Rome dating from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, namely those of the Medici and Farnese, and discusses the role of these spaces as studioli, or studies, removed from the confines of the palace and into the gardens. It considers the kinds of objects that are both included and excluded from inventories and how this affects our understanding of these spaces. Until now, casini have received little attention in scholarship, but through the utilization of inventories, the paper aims to establish the garden casino as a significant site of collections in Italian gardens.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-11-15
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